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Wimbledon will shorten men’s doubles matches from this year’s championships from the best of five sets to three, the All England Club announced on Wednesday. The traditional five-set format has been criticized in the past for discouraging more singles specialists from entering doubles. Wimbledon used to be the only Grand Slam tournament to feature five-set doubles matches, but will now coincide with the Australian Open, French Open and US Open.
The AELTC said in a statement, “The decision was taken after an extensive discussion and the change brings Wimbledon in line with other Grand Slams that feature men’s doubles in a best-of-three format.”
“This update will provide the referee’s office with greater certainty when deciding matches during the event and we hope it will encourage more players to enter the doubles at Wimbledon.”
All other formats will remain the same at Wimbledon.
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