Originally Posted by marcl65
I thought the 3rd set tiebreaker was instituted not to speed up the game but rather to keep people from suffering heat stroke in the hot seasons.
Not to be pedantic, but I'd say the 3rd set tiebreaker is used to speed up the matches, and as a result the shorter matches keep people from suffering from the heat in the hot seasons and make it easier to complete the matches on time year around.
In our USTA league matches we don't use the 3rd set tiebreak rule, but we are required to complete all matches in 2 hours. If a match has not completed with 1:45, then we start this crazy short-set system that, in my opinion, really sucks.