Olympic men’s tennis final cut to best-of-three sets

The men’s tennis singles final at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be played over three sets, rather than five, to help reduce the workload of players competing in multiple events.

Since 1996, the men’s singles has been competed over three sets in all rounds, except for the final. All matches at the 2020 Games in Tokyo will be now played over the shorter format.

Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s doubles tournaments will feature a first-to-10-points tie-break instead of a deciding third set, as has been used in mixed doubles.

“These amendments reduce concerns of overplay for players who reach the latter stages of all three events – singles, doubles and mixed doubles,” the International Tennis Federation said in a statement.

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