The Challenge of Estimating the Length of a Tennis Match


Binta Robinson is an attorney with a focus on special education law. Outside of her law practice, Binta Robinson stays physically active through squash and tennis.

Estimating the length of a tennis match can be difficult. Unlike sports such as soccer and American football, the rules of tennis involve no time constraints, other than the amount of time players are allotted between points and on changeovers. Players are required to win six games in a set, but due to the nature of advantage scoring, a game can consist of four points or 20 or more points, lasting anywhere from just over a minute to 15 minutes or longer. The longest game in the history of tennis included 37 deuces and nearly 80 total points.

The issue of estimating the length of a tennis match is further compounded by the fact that the parameters of a match can change from one venue to the next. Most matches on the men’s and women’s tours are played in a best-of-three-set format. However, a number of men’s events are played as best-of-five-set tournaments. In 2014, a best-of-three-set match at the Miami Open between Jarkko Nieminen and Bernard Tomic lasted just 28 minutes. On the other hand, John Isner won the longest match in tennis history at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, defeating Nicolas Mahut over five sets in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes.

The unpredictability regarding the length of a tennis match is best exemplified by a study conducted at the 2010 US Open. Based on a sample of 117 matches, the average time of a best-of-five-set match was two hours and 16 minutes. However, only 51 percent of matches finished within 30 minutes of this average, and just 79 percent were completed within 60 minutes of this time.

Washington Nationals Could Face Pitching Issues in 2016

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Washington Nationals

Binta Robinson is a DC-licensed attorney, who is an active member of the DC Bar. Outside of her professional activities, Binta Robinson enjoys a range of activities, including traveling, reading, and attending Washington Nationals games.

Heading into the 2016 season, the Washington Nationals hope to carry the momentum from last year, which left them in second place in the National League East with an overall record of 83-79. One area the Nats will likely focus on improving this year is pitching, especially in the bullpen.

Although the Nats has several excellent starting pitchers in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Gio Gonzalez, they lack the depth they need at the position. The only pitcher the Nats have at the bottom of the rotation with MLB experience is Bronson Arroyo, but his future is uncertain following a shoulder injury.

As far as the bullpen is concerned, it hinges on the work of eight relievers who are competent but little more than average in the stats department. If injuries plague the relief lineup, the Nats’ bullpen could quickly become less than average. For the team to improve this year, the pitchers have to stay healthy, and those at the bottom of the rotation have to step up their game.

The Washington Foreign Law Society

DC-licensed Attorney Binta Robinson, who earned her JD from the George Washington University Law School, received a BS in biochemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  Binta Robinson enhances her networking opportunities by keeping abreast of developments in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, and the Washington Foreign Law Society.

The Washington Foreign Law Society, as its name implies, is a forum within which members and others can enhance their understanding and knowledge of legal issues outside the United States, as well as foreign law and comparative legal issues. Its location in Washington, DC, which is a center of internationally oriented diplomatic, commercial, academic, and financial activity, helps the Society serve a broad group of professionals in and out of the legal profession.

Except for the summer months, the Society sponsors monthly luncheons, during which topics of current interest are addressed by speakers from the U.S. and foreign governments, private practice, and international institutions. The Society hosts other events annually, including an embassy roundtable, a diplomatic reception, the Spring Annual Meeting and garden party, and the dinner gala.

In addition to the luncheons and annual events, the Society hosts a broad range of symposia, panel discussions, and presentations on the myriad topics of pressing concern that members deal with on a daily basis. Recent events included a panel discussion on the state of human rights for women, a comparison of constitutional rights in Switzerland and the U.S., and, on the eve of the anniversary of the terrorist assault on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, a panel discussion by attorneys and journalists reviewing the attack’s impact on a free press and free expression.

More information about the Washington Foreign Law Society, its programs, and membership is available on the organization’s website at

Wintley Phipps and the U.S. Dream Academy

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U.S. Dream Academy

With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Spelman College and a JD from George Washington University, Binta Robinson is currently a DC-licensed attorney, who is an active member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. While at Spelman, she sang in a gospel choir. Today, Ms. Robinson continues to enjoy the genre, particularly the sounds of Wintley Phipps.

Wintley Phipps sings gospel music with a rich baritone voice, but singing is not his only passion. In 1998, he founded the U.S. Dream Academy, a nonprofit organization that serves children who have one incarcerated parent.

The U.S. Dream Academy has community learning centers located in eight high-poverty, high-crime cities across the country. The organization purposes to break the poverty cycle by offering kids after-school programs that provide one-on-one mentoring, academic tutoring, technology education, and, most importantly, stability and emotional support.

The U.S. Dream Academy requires each participant to spend 11 to 15 hours outside of school each week in an interactive learning environment, and attentive mentors in the program facilitate this. Their approach focuses on the whole child, concentrating on values and encouraging youths to dream.