‘Heartbreaking’, Woodbridge bemoans Wimbledon doubles determination

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 — Nine-times Wimbledon men’s doubles champion Todd Woodbridge claimed on Thursday it was “heartbreaking” to hear the All England Club had made the selection to cut the event to greatest-of-3 sets instead than five from this calendar year.

Wimbledon organisers declared the conclusion on Wednesday, dispensing with 138 many years of tradition to bring the tournament into line with the other a few Grand Slams as nicely as ATP Tour situations.

“For me, it is a tiny heartbreaking simply because I am a genuine traditionalist,” the Australian instructed Channel 9 for the duration of protection of the Australian Open up.

“I really believe that of all the titles the Woodies gained and I went on to acquire with Jonas Bjorkman, I probably wouldn’t have received as many if it was about three sets.

“Five sets lets the best team acquire generally in that problem.”

Woodbridge gained six Wimbledon men’s doubles titles with compatriot Mark Woodforde in the duo acknowledged as the “Woodies” in advance of teaming up with Swede Bjorkman for one more three.

American Mike Bryan, who with sibling Bob formed the most thriving experienced doubles team of all time, also bemoaned the determination.

“We like a extended sample sizing, specially on grass, it is challenging to break serve on a slick surface,” reported Bryan, who won 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles with his brother, which include three at Wimbledon.

“I consider for the excellent doubles teams, you just want for a longer time – a a few out of 5 format.”

The All England Club reported the final decision was designed pursuing a vast-ranging session.

“This update will provide the referee’s workplace with increased certainty when scheduling matches all through the party and we hope it will really encourage even more players to enter doubles at Wimbledon as a end result,” it stated in a assertion.

The 2022 Wimbledon men’s doubles ultimate took much more than 4 hrs to full with Australian duo Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell beating Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic about five sets. — Reuters

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