French tennis player Jeremy Chardy, 33, says watching tennis can take a long time and he is for making some changes as long as they don't take away the natural side of the game. Over the last few years, the tennis authorities have made some changes to make the game quicker -- most notably now all the Grand Slams, except the French Open -- have a fifth set tie-break.
Also, a shorter format has been used at many exhibition events over the last year as playing sets to four games and having tie-breaks at 3-3 had been explored. However, there is a long way before tennis authorities decide to make a notable format change to the game.
"Watching tennis can take a long time. I am for the changes, as long as they do not distort our sport. Perhaps shorten the sets, or eliminate the timeouts such as seconds on service or the call of the physiotherapist," Chardy said, per Matthere Battue.
Jérémy #Chardy 💬 « Regarder du tennis, c’est parfois long. Je suis pour les changements, à condition qu’ils ne dénaturent pas notre sport. Peut-être raccourcir les sets, ou supprimer les temps morts comme les secondes au service ou l’appel du kiné »#Tennis 📸RépubliquePyrénées pic.twitter.com/n42QOq1s9n — Matthere Battue (@MatthereBattue) July 23, 2020
Chardy appears to have the same thinking as Richard Gasquet
Recently, Chardy's fellow compatriot Gasquet admitted he feels the game needs to be quicker as he can't watch best-of-five-set matches anymore.
Reducing matches to best-of-three-sets at the Grand Slams has been frequently mentioned over the last year but again nothing concrete has been said or has happened. "I don't know if there is someone who likes tennis more than I do, but I can't watch Roland-Garros anymore, I can't watch four or five sets, even for a Federer-Nadal.
When you've been watching for 1:20, it's 7-6 and 0-1, I'm cooked. It's tiring," Gasquet told L'Equipe recently. Dominic Thiem, who participated in both legs of the Berlin exhibition last week, ended victorious on both occasions and he appeared to be happy with the organizers' decision to introduce a match tie-break in third set.
At one set apiece, the winner was resolved by a match tie-break and world No. 3 Thiem won the first leg of the Berlin exhibition after ending out eighth-ranked Matteo Berrettini in a three-set final. "I still prefer the common scoring format," Dominic Thiem said after beating the Italian, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"Though I would welcome a match tie break in the third set. This format could also be built in from time to time in the early rounds of the tour, as it creates a lot of excitement for the audience."