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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Shot clock in tennis?

There was some discussion (by the commentators during one of the Cincy matches) of a "shot clock" being used in tennis. Essentially, the clock would start at the end of the point and the server would have 25 seconds (or is it 30 seconds) to serve.

If the clock runs out, the server loses his first serve (and presumably if it happens on second serve, the point is lost(?)).

Did anyone else hear this?

I personally like the idea. Seems fair to all the players. Also takes the pressure off the umpire on deciding when to issue warnings for time violations. It will be a "black and white" rule (like the shot clock in basketball for instance).

What are your opinions?

EDIT: Fowler said he had discussed it (the time clock) with Mo - almost everyone's favorite chair ump - and that was HIS (Mo's) idea.

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There was some discussion (by the commentators during one of the Cincy matches) of a "shot clock" being used in tennis. Essentially, the clock would start at the end of the point and the server would have 25 seconds (or is it 30 seconds) to serve.

If the clock runs out, the server loses his first serve (and presumably if it happens on second serve, the point is lost(?)).

Did anyone else hear this?

I personally like the idea. Seems fair to all the players. Also takes the pressure off the umpire on deciding when to issue warnings for time violations. It will be a "black and white" rule (like the shot clock in basketball for instance).

What are your opinions?

splendid idea. it will speed up the game a little which makes it more interesting to the masses. 25-30 second shot clock is an idea whose time has come.
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Re: Shot clock in tennis?

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there are moments like breaking a string, protesting about a point or noise from the public in which it's impossible to start in 25 secs and the watch would make everything more confusing

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I'm against it. It's obvious when it takes to long and in those cases the rules should be more strict.


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there are moments like breaking a string, protesting about a point or noise from the public in which it's impossible to start in 25 secs and the watch would make everything more confusing
Yep. Would be impossible to manage.

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I'm against it. It's obvious when it takes to long and in those cases the rules should be more strict.
Indeed - the only exisiting problem is that currently the umpires aren't doing their jobs the way they should. Handing out only 'time code violations' which have NO effects on a player's points count, obviously doesn't impress them much, and won't force them to make ammends to their time wasting.

As soon as the umpires would indeed show their guts and give said players a point penalty, I'm sure there would be a lot less time wasting going on on court thereafter. Unfortunately I don't see it happening very soon.

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Re: Shot Clock in Tennis?

I do not think this is a good idea at all. I am not an advocate of speeding up the game. Why should there be 25 seconds after a double fault or a missed return, and then 25 seconds after a 20 to 30 ball rally when the players are totally exhausted and need to catch their breaths. There should be some guidelines on time, but making it that definite is just insanity.
If they must have a time limit it should be at the discretion of the umpire as it is now.

Quite frankly I was stunned those commentators even suggested that. Those guys have played competitive tennis and really should know how ridiculous it is. Any other sport with a time clock is a team sport that allows substitutions. Maybe if they want a time clock they should watch a chess match.

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No, way too much pressure put on.
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there are moments like breaking a string, protesting about a point or noise from the public in which it's impossible to start in 25 secs and the watch would make everything more confusing
you do have a point there but in those cases, they shut down the clock and re-start it.
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you do have a point there but in those cases, they shut down the clock and re-start it.
that's why i said it would be confusing, when to start and when to stop it
players would also be distracted looking at the watch rather than taking care of their pre-point rituals

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they should add a trap door if a player goes over the time limit...

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I am not an advocate of speeding up the game. I was stunned the commentators even brought this up since some of them have played competitive tennis. Why should there be 25 seconds after a double fault or a missed return and 25 seconds after a 20 to 30 ball rally when the players are exhausted. If they must time points, it should be at the discretion of the umpire as it is now. The umps aren't stupid (well most of them) they know when someone is stalling and players actually need a minutes rest. They should utilize that discretion to enforce the rules. All sports with a shot clock allow for substitutions and none of that applies in tennis.

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they should add a trap door if a player goes over the time limit...
makes about as much sense.

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Quite frankly I was stunned those commentators even suggested that. Those guys have played competitive tennis and really should know how ridiculous it is. Any other sport with a time clock is a team sport that allows substitutions. Maybe if they want a time clock they should watch a chess match.
Just to be clear, it was not the commentators who suggested it. Fowler said he had discussed it with Mo - almost everyone's favorite chair ump - and that was HIS idea.

Anyway I'm all for it. I'm sick of hearing Rafa whine when he gets warned for taking twice as long as the rules allow.

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I am not an advocate of speeding up the game.
I don't think OP started this discussion in this sense of the matter - I understood he meant it as an device to stop players wasting time (most importantly, taking more than 25 sec before serving, which is in fact against the official rules). There's no need for speeding up the game, but let it at least be played within the rules.

BTW, I agree with you that a shot clock wouldn't be of any help.

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Just to be clear, it was not the commentators who suggested it. Fowler said he had discussed it with Mo - almost everyone's favorite chair ump - and that was HIS idea.

Anyway I'm all for it. I'm sick of hearing Rafa whine when he gets warned for taking twice as long as the rules allow.
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