| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
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Beginning with this spring’s French Open, all four major tournaments will use a 10-point tiebreak when the final set score reaches 6-6.

The Grand Slam Board, which consists of members from all four tournaments, consulted with the ITF’s rules committee to adopt the new rule.

“The Grand Slam Board’s decision is based on a strong desire to create greater consistency in the rules of the game at the Grand Slams, and thus enhance the experience for the players and fans alike,” a statement from the Board read. “This trial, which has been approved by the rules of the tennis committee governed by the ITF, will apply to all Grand Slams across qualifying, men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, wheelchair and junior events in singles, and will commence at the 2022 edition of Roland Garros.”

The Australian Open adopted such a rule back in 2019. That same year, Wimbledon introduced a tiebreak when the final set score got to 12-12.

The U.S. Open has had a final set tiebreak in place since 1970.