Isner wants Wimbledon tie-break rule named after him
Wimbledon's decision to introduce tie-breaks at 12-12 in the final set has been backed by John Isner, who joked that the rule should be named after him.
Organisers at the grass-court grand slam announced the plan on Friday in an attempt to stop marathon matches like this year's semi-final between Isner and Kevin Anderson.
That set – which lasted almost three hours - was eventually won 26-24 by Anderson, but both men called for changes to the format to protect players' health.
The All England Tennis Club said "the time had come" to make the change, and Isner – who has long called for the change – believes it should be named in his honour.
"I have said all along 12-all is good," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "That is sensible.
"You're getting people who like the advantage and people who like tie-breaks. It is bucking tradition but a lot of people believe that is not a bad thing.
"The next match that gets to that [12-12], they should just say we will now play the Isner Rule.
"I don't think they are going to do that, but I think I've been a big driving force for it."
Previously only the US Open currently had tie-breaks in the fifth set, but Isner hopes Wimbledon's decision could convince the Australian and French Opens to adopt a similar rule.
"It may be that Wimbledon acting like this could drive them to do it as well," he added.
"There is drama enough in a tie-breaker, you could argue that there is more."