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The final set in a tennis match: Four years at Wimbledon


  • Jan Magnus
  • Franc Klaassen


We consider the 'final' (deciding) set in a tennis match. We examine whether it is true that the chances for both players to win the match are equal at the beginning of the final set, even though they were not equal at the beginning of the match. We also test whether it is easier for an unseeded woman to beat a seeded player than it is for an unseeded man, and whether male players are more closely equal in quality than are females. We examine whether the service dominance decreases in long matches, and whether winning the 'pre-final' set provides an advantage in the final set. We use almost 90 000 points at Wimbledon to test all five hypotheses.

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  • Jan Magnus & Franc Klaassen, 1999. "The final set in a tennis match: Four years at Wimbledon," Journal of Applied Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(4), pages 461-468.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:japsta:v:26:y:1999:i:4:p:461-468
    DOI: 10.1080/02664769922340

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    1. Klaassen, F.J.G.M. & Magnus, J.R., 1998. "On the Independence and Identical Distribution of Points in Tennis," Discussion Paper 1998-53, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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