Australian Open could get deciding-set tie-breakers as soon as 2019

The Australian Open could get deciding-set tie-breakers as soon as 2019.

Tennis Australia has reportedly been given permission by the Grand Slam Board to shorten the length of matches at the first major tournament of the year, deciding to play the tie-breaks at 6-6 in the fifth set with a player needing to win 10 points by a margin of two.

The London Telegraph reports that the approval is on a year-by-year basis.

Wimbledon has recently made a similar change, to be implemented in 2019. In that competition tie-breakers will be played at 12-12 in the deciding set and follow the regular singles format of players needing to reach 7 points by a margin of two.

The UK Times reports that players are now being consulted on whether the new format should be implemented at next year's Australian Open, which begins on January 14.

The move by Tennis Australia would leave the French Open as the only grand slam not to have tie-breakers. The US Open uses them at 6-6 in the final set.

Meanwhile, the world's top 102 women and top 101 men have all confirmed they will compete at the 2019 event.

Romanian world No.1 Simona Halep heads up the women's field, with Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic the men's top seed and targeting a record seventh Open crown.

Ten Australians, led by women's world No.15 Ashleigh Barty, and men's No.31 Alex de Minaur, have secured direct entry to the main singles draws.

with AAP

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