The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced the news, saying “the time had come” for changes to be made after John Isner’s semi-final with Kevin Anderson lasted just under three hours. Saying “the time had come” for changes to be made.
The American was involved in the longest match ever when he beat Nicolas Mahut, with the final set reaching 70-68.
AELTC chairman, Phillip Brook said: “While we know the instances of matches extending deep into the final set are rare, we feel that a tie-break at 12-12 strikes an equitable balance between allowing players ample opportunity to complete the match to advantage, while also providing certainty that the match will reach a conclusion in an acceptable time frame.”
The changes will apply to all Wimbledon events – qualifying, men’s, women’s, mixed and junior singles and doubles.
Words: Sam Carter | Subbing: Kristiyan Stefanov