No one can say that tennis, despite paying heed to tradition, is not willing to change in order to keep up with the times.
Over the years, only the Sacred Holy Cathedral of Wimbledon has been the foot-dragger as time marched on and the game adapted to fan and recreational player suggestions.
Wimbledon held onto the white ball far beyond the time when every other tournament switched to yellow. Wimbledon resisted the tiebreaker for as long as it possibly could and still refuses to use it in a match deciding set. Should we mention the wardrobe regulations?
Still, despite all the changes, tennis declined somewhat in terms of fan interest and participation. It was one time common to plan a tennis outing to arrive at a time when there was a good chance of an open court. Now, it is possible to drive by courts day after day and see one or more available, or to see a set of courts completely empty.
Roger Federer and his cohorts must have had this in mind when they came up with the Fast4 format.
Now, there is something even quicker, something that allows an entire tournament to be played in one night.
It is called Tie Break Tens and will make its debut in Australia at Melbourne Park in the days leading up to the 2018 Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios are already aboard. Six other players are needed and should be announced in the coming days.
The format was tested in London in 2015, so Wimbledon, we are sorry for those early comments we made about British tennis, even though they were accurate comments.
In Tie Break Tens, each match will be decided by the first player to reach 10 points under super tiebreak rules.
Think of it as T20 cricket being modified to T10 cricket.
Kyrgios is delighted. “Tie Break Tens is a great format and really suits my game style. I’m looking forward to having some fun with it and I reckon the crowds will really get into it. It will be the perfect chance for fans to see some high quality tennis before the big one, the Australian Open, starts,” he said.