Scoring system and tiebreaker rules – NBC Boston
It’s the fourth day of intense action at Wimbledon and tennis fans everywhere are loving the competition on the grass.
Wimbledon made changes to the tournament scoring system in 2022, creating consistency with other Grand Slam tournaments and potentially less playing time for players.
Here is an overview of some of the Wimbledon changes and how they will impact players this year:
What are the Wimbledon tie break rules?
When a match reaches 6-6 in the deciding set of Wimbledon 2022, a 10-point super tiebreaker is played. The first person to earn 10 points, with a margin of two points, will win the match.
This new Wimbledon format remains consistent with the Australian Open, French Open and US Open. This scoring format has been used for the Australian Open since 2019 but is new to others.
In fact, the longest match in Wimbledon history is the longest match in tennis history.
The tennis world was stunned by John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s match at Wimbledon in 2010 which lasted 11 hours and five minutes in three days.
Isner won with a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7 (7–9), 7–6 (7–3), 70–68 for a total of 183 games.
What are the origins of the Wimbledon tennis scoring system?
In the past, Wimbledon players had to keep competing until they won by a margin of two games in the final set.
More recently, in 2019, Wimbledon introduced the seven-point last-set tiebreak – but it was only applicable when the score reached 12-12 in matches.
The ATP and WTA have not said whether these changes will be permanent.