Originally Posted by paintmered
Once upon a time, the conventional wisdom was that if a woman ran over 220 yards, she would die.
Watch Wimbledon and you'll notice that the schedule is always a topic of conversation. Assuming everything goes as planned, there's not much free time in the two weeks. Delays are such an issue that Wimbledon went through the expense of installing a roof over center court. Changing from three to five sets will add 50-150% to the match time. Let's assume the average of that to be 75%. Let's assume that a women's match lasts around 1:30. Now the average match lasts 2:38. That's an additional 143 hours of match time. And that's if include only womens' singles.
And as others stated, five sets is the exception and not the rule for the men.
I understand time's an issue. So why do they have the men playing a best of 5 and not the women? Why not the other way around?