The Wimbledon Rule - Draft for discussion

Draft – for Discussion    The Wimbledon Rule    Version 2

Purpose: to eliminate the advantage of shooting last in the 5th round of the final game of a match. The idea is that a player would have to win by 2 wins or by a tie and a win.  So 8-4, 7- 5, 9-7, 10-6 etc. are winning scores. At 6-4, 8-6, 10-8 etc. play goes on. Applying the rule to the last game of a playoff accomplishes my goal, however it could be used in each game of a playoff. It's use could be restricted to the final or it could be used in semi-final playoffs (if any)

If in the final game of a multi-game match between 2 players the players are tied 4-4 then the winner is the first player who has a lead after an even number of rounds. (6, 8, 10 etc.)

 

Thanks to Nathan Walsh for a suggestion on the wording.

Comments are welcome. Would you like to see this rule tried at a tournament?

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Comment by Nathan Walsh on September 20, 2011 at 5:59pm

I would love to see this rule implemented in tournaments, in the final, as well as any semi-final match. I especially like the naming of the rule as "The Wimbledon Rule". Although other tennis tournaments in the year play with the same rule, that a player must win the final set by a margin of two games, like the French Open, Australian Open, and the Davis Cup, some of the greatest matches of all time have been marathons on the Wimbledon courts all thanks to this rule. For example, Isner/Mahut 70-68 in the 5th set, Federer/Roddick 16-14 in the 5th, and Nadal/Federer 9-7 in the 5th.

 

Although I have only ever witnessed one match that would have required this rule (Ray Beierling vs Eric Miltenburg, London 2011), I can see some exciting matches come out of "The Wimbledon Rule".

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