Tennis considers minor rule changes for Rio 2016
Tennis officials are considering adding third-set tiebreakers at
the 2016 Rio Olympics after marathon matches in London this
Also, bronze-medal matches could be eliminated to lighten the
loads of players entered in multiple events.
ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti tells The Associated Press
at the European Olympic Committees meeting in Rome that the matches
this year were ”very balanced and very long and that ruins the
Roger Federer beat Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 in
the London semifinals and was soundly beaten by Andy Murray in
straight sets in the gold-medal match.
If bronze-medal matches are eliminated, it would mark a return
to handing out two bronzes for each of the semifinal losers, as
happened at the 1988 Seoul Games.