Top players put 5 x 7 to the test:

05/01/2001 : A crunch test for the 5 games to 7 points system came at the
traditional post-Christmas Copenhagen Masters event where the world's elite had the chance to put 5 x 7 through its paces.

In an exclusive interview with World Badminton, world number two Peter Gade explains why the scoring change is just what badminton's crying out for....

"We've just finished the Copenhagen Masters 2000 after playing with the new 5 games to 7 points system, and generally it went very well. Every match was televised LIVE and the new system worked really well for the TV stations. It took a while for the spectators to get used to following the new system, but after a few matches they got to grips with it and really got behind it.

"The excitement is much higher and the game is very, very intense. With the new system it's also possible to play music between the games which is ideal for keeping the spectators entertained, and on TV it sounds perfect - it
helps create the youthful appeal we're crying out for as a sport.

"The players were also extremely positive about 5 x 7. The men's doubles,
which was the main point of concern, also went surprisingly well. There were
some brilliant matches played and with great rallies, and in the women's
singles it was even better - playing 5 x 7 gives them the boost to play a
little faster and more aggressively, so the new system is perfect for them.

"In the men's singles, the matches are also much more aggressive and are
played at a very high speed. Inevitably, that does lead to some mistakes,
but that's OK - we just have to get used to it. The added intensity created
by 5 x 7 made it all worth a few extra errors.

"After this tournament I'm very positive about the change - the most
important thing for me is that the essence of badminton remains unchanged. This is the case with the 5 x 7 system, and at the same time there is added excitement and intensity, as well as giving the TV stations more options and looking better for viewers.

"From my point of view this is the future of badminton."

 Regulations For Playing 5 X 7:

In all cases (i.e. for singles and doubles, men and women players) the laws
of badminton remain the same, except for the following amendments:

*Matches consist of the best of five games

*A game is won by the first side to score 7 points, except:

*If the score reaches 6-all, the side which first scored 6 shall either:
*continue the game to 7 points i.e. not to "set" the game; or
*"set" the game to 8 points

*The side winning a game serves first in the next game.

*Only a serving side can add a point to its score.

*Players shall change ends at the end of each game, and in the fifth game
(if applicable) when the leading score reaches 4.

*Intervals not exceeding 90 seconds between games are allowed in all

*No player shall leave the court during a match without the umpire's

Peter Gade