Two-Out-Of-Three Isn’t Bad… It’s the Way to Go
Published to the Huffington Post on August 17,2012
This week’s news of Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the upcoming U.S. Open makes me think — one more time — that professional tennis needs both men and women to play the best of three sets, rather than three-out-of-five sets at all professional tennis events, including Davis Cup and the four major tournaments.
There may have been a good reason to play three-out-of-five years ago, but today tennis is different. Technology has changed it and the sport is more demanding. It’s about quality over quantity and this is a good recipe to create longer careers for our players. As a fan, I want to see today’s players staying around longer.