2018 was a year of great changes for tennis. The history of our favorite sport was partly rewritten by decisions that changed its fundamentals (or part of them), which remained unchanged for over a century. Let's start with the latest news.
Wimbledon organizers decided to have a tie-break in the fifth set at 12-12. Surely the match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner in July that was won by South African 26-24 at the fifth set had a certain weight in the choice.
The fifth set tie-break can be good for any tournament, but Wimbledon is a special situation. The origin of tennis is intimately linked to the origins of Wimbledon. And the Championships owe their charm to the centuries-old traditions that are part of its history.
Right or not, the tie-break has marked a watershed moment. Will it be useful? As for the new Davis Cup format, it has been said, written and read a lot. Without repeating them all, it can be said the Davis Cup was sacrificed on the altar of the business.
The idea of Gerard Pique and his investment group will transform what is the oldest sporting event for nations in the world. Is it an epochal change that is too invasive? The Davis Cup is experiencing a moment of stagnation.
But is it really like that? We must not forget that in the last 10 years many top players have raised the bowl to the sky: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and many others.
The singles rubbers being played at best-of-five was an integral part of the history of the competition. Following the change, the business will be much broader, the media coverage and sponsors significantly higher, but the soul of the competition will be emptied.
Unlike other sports, tennis still has many rules and traditions unchanged compared to the past. Its charm also depends on this. Changes in place can help, but only if weighed in the right way. What do you think about it? Were the changes at Wimbledon and Davis a right choice or a wrong choice? You can answer this question in the following survey.