Posted by Aykhan Mammadov:
Q: Any plans to shorten sets by decreasing number of games ?
A: There was some experimentation five years ago with playing best of five sets to 4 games ("short sets") at the minor league levels (futures and satellites) of the game. The concept was that you create more critical, and therefore more exciting moments in a match. Predictably, as players are extremely resistive to change, this did not go beyond the experimental stage.
As you read in this feature earlier, there have been discussions about no-ad scoring and shorter sets in doubles. As I write I am watching one such doubles match in Beijing. However, the current experiment would not seem to go far enough in accomplishing the stated goal of making the length of a doubles match more predictable.