To understand this, you should know that the scoring rules of a game in a tennis match is as follows: 15-0 or 15-15 30-0, 30-15 (or vice versa) or 30-30. 40-0, 40-15 (or vice versa), 40-30 (or vice versa) or 40-40. But, once you get tied at 40-40, you must play and earn two additional points to win ...
On average, best-of-3 tennis matches last about 90 minutes, while best-of-5 matches last 2 hours and 45 minutes. The fastest professional tennis matches ever lasted about 20 minutes, while the longest match ever extended for a historic 11 hours and 5 minutes.
The average service game takes about 3 to 5 minutes to complete, therefore a single set can last as little as 15-20 minutes, and as long as over an hour. The longest set in the history of professional tennis lasted for 8 hours and 11 minutes, although only thanks to a lack of a tie-breaker in the final set.
An average tennis match in the men's singles category at the U.S. Open in 2014 was two hours and 44 minutes. Less than 20 percent of that time was spent with the ball in play. The reason that a tennis match takes longer is because there are a lot of breaks in the game, including when the players change sides or at the end of each set.
If we alter this year’s WTA singles match times accordingly, reducing the length of all three-setters by one-fifth, we get some results that certain tennis executives will love. The average match time falls from 97 minutes to 89 minutes, and more importantly, far fewer matches cross the two-hour threshold.
Our estimates show the average best-of-three-set Fast4 singles match would last less than 60 minutes. This would make it 30 minutes shorter than the average for a standard best-of-three match and...
1R. 6–7 (5–7), 6–3, 7–5. The longest match consisting of two standard sets and a match tie-break was played in the second qualifying round of a $25,000 ITF tournament in Koksijde, Belgium, on August 9, 2021. Merel Hoedt defeated Berta Bonardi 7–5, 6–7 (4–7), [10–4], in three hours and 37 minutes.
Unlike most sports, tennis is not timed. Rather, the match is won by winning a certain number of sets. With this concept in motion, the sport has opened itself to some oddities. Most matches hover around the two hour mark. Some may even stretch to three.