Sports: Tennis: ATP to experiment additional with shot clock and diminished warm-ups

Rule modifications — comparable to towel racks, shorter units and diminished warm-ups — and different improvements comparable to a 25-second shot clock can be additional trialed at November’s Next Gen ATP Finals and may very well be launched on the boys’s tour as early as 2019.

It’s the serving clock which might doubtlessly fear tennis’ male procrastinators.

The 25-second clock was first used ultimately yr’s season-ending event for the very best 21-and-under gamers and can be launched at a grand slam for the primary time at this yr’s US Open.

Time violation guidelines exist already within the sport, however the shot clock permits gamers and the group to see time ticking by.

The results of failing to serve inside 25 seconds on the US Open has but to be finalized, however the clock has already been used on this yr’s Australian Open qualifying and can be in place throughout French Open qualifying, which takes place later this month.

This yr’s US Open will even implement a seven-minute warm-up interval earlier than every match — gamers can have one minute from the time they stroll on court docket to fulfill on the web for the coin toss. Gamers breaching this rule may very well be fined $20,000.

Rafael Nadal, who famously takes his time between factors, has voiced his opposition to the shot clock.

“If you wish to play properly, it’s important to let gamers breathe a bit of,” the world No.2 has beforehand mentioned.

“We’re not machines. If you wish to have matches like I performed with Novak, you can not count on to play 50-shot rallies and in 25 seconds be able to play the following level. But when you don’t need an important present, after all it is an important enchancment.”

The ATP, the governing physique of the boys’s skilled tennis circuits, mentioned Tuesday that the Subsequent Gen Finals, held from November 6 to 10, will proceed to check first to 4 sport units, no benefit scoring and in-match participant teaching through head-sets.

Heat-ups will additional be diminished from 5 to 4 minutes and gamers might want to use a towel rack behind the court docket, eradicating the necessity for ball girls and boys to deal with towels.

Chris Kermode, ATP government chairman and president, mentioned in a press release: “Tennis is a sport that’s steeped in historical past and custom, and there is no query that needs to be safeguarded.

“Nonetheless, this new occasion has allowed us to have a look at some potential modifications, and we obtained very constructive suggestions from our stakeholders on the format of final yr’s occasion.

“We acknowledge, nonetheless, that we want an even bigger pattern dimension to assist us draw efficient conclusions, so this yr’s occasion will give us that continuity to assist us assess which of the modifications, if any, we wish to incorporate onto the common Tour for 2019.”

Based on the ATP, the typical period of matches at the very least yr’s Subsequent Gen event was one hour and 36 minutes. The common on the common ATP World Tour final yr was, says the governing physique, one hour and 39 minutes.


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