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Reducing the likelihood of long tennis matches

Barnett, Tristan and Brown, Alan and Pollard, Graham (2006) Reducing the likelihood of long tennis matches. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 5 (4). pp. 567-574. ISSN 1303-2968

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Abstract

Long matches can cause problems for tournaments. For example, the starting times of subsequent matches can be substantially delayed causing inconvenience to players, spectators, officials and television scheduling. They can even be seen as unfair in the tournament setting when the winner of a very long match, who may have negative aftereffects from such a match, plays the winner of an average or shorter length match in the next round. Long matches can also lead to injuries to the participating players. One factor that can lead to long matches is the use of the advantage set as the fifth set, as in the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. Another factor is long rallies and a greater than average number of points per game. This tends to occur more frequently on the slower surfaces such as at the French Open. The mathematical method of generating functions is used to show that the likelihood of long matches can be substantially reduced by using the tiebreak game in the fifth set, or more effectively by using a new type of game, the 50-40 game, throughout the match.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19467. scoring systems, generating functions, mathematical modelling, parameters of distributions, points, tennis, 50-40 game, tiebreak game, fifth set
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics
FOR Classification > 0104 Statistics
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 05:35
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2012 05:35
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8503
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