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Mdubb23
04-22-2011, 09:22 AM
Around when (what era) did players start sitting down at the end of sets with an even-numbered sum of games? I always thought it was just significantly older matches (60s and 70s) where players didn't sit down at the end of 6-0, 6-2, 6-4, and 7-5 sets, but the more I paid attention to it, I realized even late 90s matches followed the same trend. Anyone know? Thanks in advance!

Moose Malloy
04-22-2011, 02:43 PM
started in 2000.

Mdubb23
04-22-2011, 03:13 PM
started in 2000.

What prompted it? TV commercials?

Mdubb23
04-24-2011, 08:47 PM
Anyone? I'm actually really curious about this...

Mdubb23
06-17-2011, 05:52 AM
Bump......

Rob_C
06-17-2011, 10:05 AM
It was done to make tennis more television friendly. There is no need for a rest/changeover after 1 game.

This way the station has more coverage before having to cut to commercials.

Moose Malloy
06-17-2011, 10:17 AM
the new way was also more fan friendly for spectators. I was at many matches in the 80s/90s where a set ended 6-4, 6-2, & the ushers then started letting people in causing the umpire to say, "ushers, there is one more game until the changeover"

it was also probably helpful for the player who lost the set & needed to regroup. losing a hard fought set at 6-4 or 7-5, then having to serve & be possibly broken immediately to start the next set isn't ideal.

its funny how slow tennis has historically been to make any changes, even one as basic as this.