Perth - World number four Alexander Zverev has hit out at
the decision to use tie-breaks in the final sets of the Australian Open,
claiming players were not consulted and it deprived the tournament of
Organisers have decided to follow Wimbledon in abandoning
advantage final sets at the opening Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne next
In matches that reach 6-6 in the final set, the winner will
now be the first to reach 10 points.
But young German star Zverev, seen as the future of tennis
and who had a breakthrough 2018, said he wasn't a fan.
"We weren't (consulted) at all. I don't think any
players were (asked), to be honest," he said in comments in The Australian
newspaper on Thursday as he prepares for the Hopman Cup in Perth, where he is
partnering Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.
"I don't like the change too much because I think it
has something special when you go 12-10 in the fifth set, or something like
"I really enjoyed those kind of situations, really
enjoy those kind of matches, even though they are physically tough.
"These are the things we play for, and now, at every
Grand Slam except for Roland Garros, there is a tiebreak, which I am not in
Australian Open organisers earlier this month said the
decision was made "following the most extensive consultation in the
Tournament director Craig Tiley said: "We asked the
players - both past and present, commentators, agents and TV analysts whether
they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there."
He added that the choice of the longer 10-point tiebreak
would "ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic
Wimbledon said in October it was introducing final-set
tie-breaks, but only once the score reached 12-12. The change came after Kevin
Anderson's semi-final with John Isner this year lasted nearly three hours.
Anderson eventually won the fifth set 26-24 but the
exhausted South African went on to lose the final in straight sets to Novak
Djokovic. Anderson led calls for the rules to be changed.
The Australian Open takes place from January 14 to 27.