As part of our research series, we're showcasing some of the research projects produced by both UCFB students and staff members.

For his third-year research project, BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism graduate Samuel Cross explored the following hypothesis' to determine whether the men’s match format should be shortened at Grand Slam level:

  • The primary hypothesis is that participants think that the match format should be shortened at Grand Slams.
  • The secondary hypothesis is that younger participants would prefer a shorter format whereas older participants may prefer the more traditional and current format.

The project's conclusion is as follows: 

  • Over two-thirds of participants (68%) thought that the match format should remain the best-of-five sets.
  • However, 32% thought that the format should be shortened, 14% to a final set ten-point match tiebreak –suggesting that there are viable options to shorten the match format.
  • Trialling this format at one of the Grand Slams and comparing it to the current format would produce interesting results with the views of fans and industry experts.

Click here to view Samuel's full research poster.