It’s 2018: Why Do Women Still Play Best-of-Three Instead of Best-of-Five?

Every time I watch a tennis tournament, or more accurately, a Grand Slam, my brain can never sit still. Why? Because It always comes back to this question: “why is it that, in the tournaments, men play a best-of-five, while women play a best-of-three?“

I figured it was time for me to do some research and try and find the answer. Well, I did. Turns out the organizers of each tournament get to make their own rules, and for years they’ve decided that the women are to play best-of-three, and the men, best-of- five. Good enough answer, right? I didn’t think so either. The real reason for this difference can be described using just one word: SEXISM. Continue reading