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Why not try the new and exciting alternative Thirty30 tennis scoring method?All games start at 30-30.Change of ends after 2, 6 and 10 games.Play a 9-point tie-break (i.e. first to 5 points, sudden death at 4-4) at 6 games all to decide a set.Everything else stays excactly the same.Men and women compete in matches that are best of 5 sets - matches completed in 60-90 minutes.
Sam @ 87. I do not think the rule changes are designed to stop Nadal beating Federer at all. They are to make the sport more watchable. But if the time limit rule had been enforced in the past Nadal's wins over Federer may well have been far fewer.
Here's another daft idea for the authorities. Do away with the net completely, stick a solid fence in its place. This will do away with the fact that the net sags in the middle. As the old joke goes, " I know all there is to know about tennis." Retort " How many holes are there in the net? "
If you want to speed up tennis, get rid of the stupid second serve rule. If you serve the ball out or into the net, you lose a point. You don't get a second chance in other racket sports and they work perfectly well.
If they really wanted to speed up the game they would remove the annoying "tv changeovers". ie when players are deliberately kept waiting on the bench whilst we get "entertained" by adverts. Do we really want players to retire injured rather than have a MTO and be able to carry on? Remember that infamous day at Wimbledon when both Federer and Djokovic got retirement wins.
@130 they want it renamed because Court is a racist and homophobe
I get a bit sick of Navatralova and Billy Jean considering their every rant to be wisdom that must be obeyed.John Mc Inroe gets more money than you because he is 5 times more entertaining and 5 times more informative than you.Oh and guess what.......They only want to rename a stadium named after possibly the greatest female tennis player of alltime because her views differ to theirs
I’m not fussed about the shot clock as time between points is fundamental to the way a player resets, especially after a long rally.But there are things that are remnant of the “elitist” tennis culture that needs to go. Changeover after one game? Get rid. 15 minutes faffing about with warmup when they can do it off court, gone. Cherry picking tennis balls before serving, has to go!
When does the shot clock start? when previous point is finished? when the umpire calls the score? when the server has been given balls?
It's an interesting approach. The shot clock will mean that Nadal (and his supporters) won't be able to rail against the umpire when he's called for taking too long. It will do to timekeeping what Hawk-Eye did for line-calling - removing the tantrums at individuals simply upholding the rules.
A rule that has long been in place and enforced with bizarre inconsistency. Shot clocks are long overdue, do away with net calls at service too.
Should also be introduced in the women's game along with lengthy toilet breaks. Watching tennis from Rome today and the commentators both said that players are using them to disrupt opponent's momentum and players loose fluid from sweating and have difficulty providing a specimen for drugs test at end of matches so end up drink pints of water so they provide a sample.
Interesting that so many comments are in favor of removing the second serve. That is one rule that would really favor Nadal and disadvantage Federer. So I guess it will not happen whilst they are both still playing. As for the shot clock. Has it ever happened before in a major sport that a governing body has introduced a rule that it believes would hamper one of it's two most popular players?
Couldn't agree more, way too much time bouncing the ball before serving, must put the opponent off at times, breaking their "focus". Must agree with #115 & #116 shame they waited till the latter end of Nadal's career! Don't change the scoring or points system as this alters the entire game and the rules of tennis are perfect just as they are. Thought the tie-break rule was poor decision years ago!
Intersting how many of the comments are aimed at speeding up the game. We should have a discussion on Basketball where time wasting, 'time outs' (a bizarre concept), and stoppages for fouls are the principal tactics employed and where the last two minutes of the (so called) game can take more than half an hour,
106. glowkeeper"... that would help make the sport all the more accessible"Can we please stop trying to make sport "more accessible"? If people can't be bothered to learn the rules, they shouldn't go to watch it. Anyway, half the charm of sports are their traditions and idiosyncrasies. Horseracing has made a big effort to become "accessible" and now attracts more drunks than real racegoers.
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