The first grand slam of the next calendar year will start from 14 Jan 2019. One of the biggest decision that is making news is the move to kill off advantage sets and introduce ‘super-tie-breakers’ to break the deadlock in men’s and women’s matches.
For the first time in grand slam history, there will be a tie-breaker that will be employed when the score will become 6-6 in the 5th set of men’s matches, and the third set of women’s matches. This in essentiality means that there will be four different scoring mechanisms that will be employed to find out the winners in four grand slams. The French Open played at Roland Garros now remains the only grand slam where the players need to play out the final set until one of the players lead by two games.
The tie-breaker will be called as super tie-breaker which will be a 10 point tie break. This longer tie-break is also seen to take away the serving dominance that one player can have in a short tie-break. Marathon matches such as the one which featured John Isner which spanned more than 11 hours and had to be spread over three days was a hot issue in 2018 with the heat and temperatures being a major issue.
The move has come under severe condemnation from the fans across the globe. Some of the former players also are not too happy with the move. Recently retired Australian tennis player Sam Groth tweeted: “2018 has been a sledgehammer to tennis history and traditions.” There are some contrary views also, former American professional Rubin welcomed final set ‘breakers for women’s matches in Australia. “As proud as I am of the long tough matches I got through, it is no longer humane to watch athletes almost ‘kill’ themselves to win,” Rubin said on Twitter.
Australian Open 2019 Schedule
|Date||Session||Rod Laver||Margaret Court||Outside Courts||Public Gates||Featured Matches|
|Mon 1/14||Day||11:00 AM||11:00 AM||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||1st singles round|
|Tue 1/15||Day||11:00 AM 7:00 PM||11:00 AM||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||1st singles round|
|Wed 1/16||Day||11:00 AM 7:00 PM||11:00 AM||11:00 AM –||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||2nd singles round|
|Thu 1/17||Day||11:00 AM 7:00 PM||11:00 AM||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||2nd singles round|
|Fri 1/18||Day||11:00 AM 7:00 PM||11:00 AM 7:30 PM||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||3rd singles round|
|Sat 1/19||Day||11:00 AM 7:00 PM||11:00 AM 7:30 PM||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||3rd singles round|
|Sun 1/20||Day||11:00 AM 7:00 PM||11:00 AM||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||4th singles round|
|Mon 1/21||Day||11:00 AM 7:30 PM||11:00 AM||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||4th singles round|
|Tue 1/22||Day||11:00 AM 7:00 PM||no play||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||Quarterfinal Singles|
|Wed 1/23||Day||11:00 AM 7:30 PM||no play||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||Quarterfinal Singles|
|Thu 1/24||Day||11:00 AM 7:30 PM||no play||11:00 AM||10:00 AM 5:00 PM||2 x Women’s Singles Semifinal|
|Night||–||1 x Men’s Singles Semifinal|
|Fri 1/25||Twilight||3:00 PM||no play||3:00 PM||2:00 PM||Women’s Doubles Final|
|7:30 PM||–||–||1 x Men’s Singles Semifinal|
|Sat 1/26||Twilight||1:00 PM||no play||1:00 PM||12:00 PM||Men’s Doubles Final|
|7:30 PM||–||–||Women’s Final|
|Sun 1/27||Twilight||4:30 PM 7:00 PM||no play||no play||3:00 PM||Mixed Doubles Final|
|–||Men’s Singles Final|