Nicholls State beats 50's ranked Tulane.... wins two of these LAME super tie breakers. (And Tulane had just won both second sets).
To TennisDad: There are ways to shorten the day without bastardizing the sport. But deciding individual matches and dual matches with 10 pt super tie breakers is beyond ridiculous.
Then again, perhaps some like to decide a golf tournament that is tied after 14 holes with a 'closest to the pin' shot at # 15 because it's been too long of a long day.
Or maybe in the 7th inning of a baseball game they should revert to 2 strikes and 3 balls to speed things along?
Personally, there is nothing more exciting than a good LONG 4-3 final coming down to a full final set. Pro or college tennis... Excitement and the more fit athlete typically wins. Let them play it out but once a dual match is decided 'maybe' stop the others. I will admit I usually depart when the dual match is decided rather than watch the remaining singles matches.
PS: For those that weren't involved in the early 90's, college tennis used to be even longer. They played singles and then doubles was a full three sets rather than an 8 game pro set.
The ITA qualifiers use the NCAA playoff format and UCLA beat U San Diego (two ranked teams) in less than 2 hours last month. NO third set super tie breakers were involved. Once 4 pts were postted everyone else stopped. Maybe that is the way to go? It would screw up individual rankings/tournament but this super tie breaker thing does that already doesn't it?
But if it's a close dual match, play it out. That is what tennis is. I would not want to be an athlete where the game changes 2/3 of the way through.
Congrats to Nicholls State for winning the big points when it counted!
Claiming the ITA is bastardizing the sport by using super tiebreakers is a little harsh. I think your golf and baseball example are a little far fetched because it changes the game, but it did make me smile. Some people use to think playing an overtime game in college football by starting at the 25-yard line was stupid and some still do, but it is now accepted.
I like a full third set to decide matches as well, especially in an individual event. But this is college team tennis and most of the time it is anti-climatic (6-2 or 6-3 set). This new format makes every third set exciting. Like yesterday, Cal/Duke #6 at 9-9 in the breaker, 3-2 in the team match with Cal about it close out in the other match. What excitement and the match could go either way. Reminded me of watching a last minute FG try in a college football game, in the next minute, either team could win. Or a baseball game with two outs in the 9th, down 1 run and two runners in scoring position. Either team could win in the next "minute", when do you get that in tennis? Only in a super tiebreaker or at 6-6 in a full set breaker. Great drama! Drama you did not usually get when you play out a full third set. You usually get someone trying to close at 5-2 or 5-3 and everyone can tell it is already over. Now I will agree that there are some exceptions.
I agree with it takes the fitness out of the sport a little bit but it does bring out the mental side more. Which is a problem in the women's game.
I played college tennis during the early 90's, so I remember all about that change. We played doubles after singles and I appreciated the 8 game pro-set change.