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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Tennis.jpgKnowing the Score

With the U.S. Open underway in New York and scores appearing daily in the papers, it's interesting to note that many tennis players still don't know how to read tie-break results. Case in point:  Four long-time women players in Westchester County who got together for a doubles game this past Saturday.  They included an attorney, two social workers and a psychologist.  None of them could figure out the meaning of the little figure appearing in the parentheses after the 7-6 tiebreak result for one of the Flushing Meadows matches.  Did the 7-6 (2) score, as reported, mean that the winner had won by two points, so that the final result was actually 7-5?  Seeking assistance, they asked another player on the court next to them.  She did not know, either.  Almost 50 years since the tie-break was introduced, the tennis powers-that-be still have some explaining to do.  
                                                                        -- Jeff Bogart 

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