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I started following grandslam tennis regularly for the last 10 years or so. I watch both men and womens' singles.

I am curious: Who decided that men should play best of 5 sets in grandslams? Maybe someone knows the history.
 

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It was always that way! In era when game was not physically demanding like this days best of 5 was regular. In Open era many tournaments had best of 5 finals (for example, Key Biscayne 1987 was best of 5 all the way) but in the last few years that became impossible to endure and Miami 2007. was last Masters 1000 tournament with best of 5 final

Australia :

# before 1974: there was a 48 draw (16 seeded players had “bye” in the first round)
# 1974-1981: 56 draw
# 1982: 128 draw (third and fourth round – “the best of three” matches)
# 1983-1987: 96 draw (32 seeded players had “bye” in the first round)
# 1988-2011: 128 draw

Roland Garros :

# always 128-draw except years 1968 & 1972 when 5 rounds were played with a bit complicated system
# years 1973-75 – first two rounds “the best of three”

Wimbledon and US open are both best of 5 throughout Open era
 
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i know navratilova and evert played 5 set matches

so there is no excuse- women are in no way that weak that they cant play 5 set matches
 

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From 1984. to 1998. WTA Tour Championships final was best of 5
 
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1984 United States Martina Navratilova(5) United States Chris Evert 6–3, 7–5, 6–1

1985 United States Martina Navratilova(6) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková 6–3, 7–5, 6–4

1986 (Mar.) United States Martina Navratilova(7) Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1

1986 (Nov.) United States Martina Navratilova(8) Germany Steffi Graf 7–6(8–6), 6–3, 6–2

1987 Germany Steffi Graf Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 4–6, 6–4, 6–0, 6–4

1988 Argentina Gabriela Sabatini United States Pam Shriver 7–5, 6–2, 6–2

1989 Germany Steffi Graf (2) United States Martina Navratilova 6–4, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2

1990 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2

1991 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles (2) United States Martina Navratilova 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–0

1992 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles (3) United States Martina Navratilova 7–5, 6–3, 6–1

1993 Germany Steffi Graf (3) Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1

1994 Argentina Gabriela Sabatini (2) United States Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 6–2, 6–4

1995 Germany Steffi Graf (4) Germany Anke Huber 6–1, 2–6, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3

1996 Germany Steffi Graf (5) Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0

1997 Czech Republic Jana Novotná France Mary Pierce 7–6(7–4), 6–2, 6–3

1998 Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Lindsay Davenport 7–5, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
 

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