On average, best-of-3 tennis matches last about 90 minutes, while best-of-5 matches last 2 hours and 45 minutes. The fastest professional tennis matches ever lasted about 20 minutes, while the longest match ever extended for a historic 11 hours and 5 minutes.
Hereof, can a tennis match go on forever?
If the set score becomes tied at six games apiece, the athletes continue until one player or team wins by two games. In theory, these sets could go on indefinitely, so in 2019, tennis governing bodies instated new rules to prevent that.
Moreover, is Wimbledon 3 or 5 better?
Matches in the Gentlemen’s Singles are best-of-five sets; all other events are best-of-three sets.
Why do tennis matches take so long?
It matters enough to the ATP, which runs the men’s tour, that it cracked down on slow play two years ago by enforcing the rules more strictly. Then again, thrilling long rallies take longer and create longer breaks in between, so a slowdown could be a good sign for the sport.
Golden set: Set which is won without dropping a single point. Only one man in the history of top-tier professional tour tennis has ever achieved this: Bill Scanlon against Marcos Hocevar in the first round of the WCT Gold Coast Classic at Delray Beach on February 22, 1983. Scanlon won the match 6–2, 6–0.
Tennis players may check three balls or more before serving so that they can select one smooth ball and one fluffy ball. The smooth ball is used for the first serve. Because the hairs are flattened down, the ball travels faster than an older ball, which should make it harder to return.