Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas suggested that the women playing the best-of-five-sets format at the Grand Slams might not be a bad idea and former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova had a hilarious reaction. “I don’t want to be controversial or anything.
There is also the topic of equal pay and everything, women getting equal pay for playing best-of-three, then getting equal pay for playing best-of-five. I don’t know. There are also a lot of scientists and statisticians, whatever, out there.
I’ve been told that women have better endurance than men. I don’t know," Tsitsipas said, as quoted on Essentially Sports. “Maybe they can also play best-of-five, I guess. For Grand Slams, best-of-five, I like it.
On the other side, on the other hand, we would have seen much more variety when it comes to different Grand Slam winners if it was best-of-three, I believe. I very much believe that the winners of Grand Slams would be very different if the format was best-of-three in men”.
Pliskova's reaction to Tsitsipas' comments
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas has never won a Grand Slam even though he has had several deep runs at the Majors.
Tsitsipas was close to winning his first Grand Slam at last year's French Open. Tsitsipas had a two-set lead in the French Open final but world No. 1 Novak Djokovic created a stunning comeback to win in five sets. Tsitsipas mentioned how he and Alexander Zverev would be Grand Slam champions if the Majors were played in the best-of-three sets.
"Alexander Zverev, who reached the final at the 2020 US Open, he could have won the US Open if it was best-of-three. You have my case as well at Roland Garros [last year]. You have many other cases," Tsitsipas said.
"I'm pretty sure you can find a lot of cases where the loser of a Grand Slam final won the first two sets and still somehow found themselves losing in the end. The winners of Grand Slams would be very different if the format was best-of-three in men."