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post #22 of (permalink) Old 07-08-2008, 11:40 AM
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Re: Nadal's timewasting - who's to blame?

Originally Posted by PMK is Innocent View Post
from that document...

Between points, a maximum of twenty (20) seconds is allowed. When the
players change ends at the end of a game, a maximum of ninety (90) seconds
are allowed. However, after the first game of each set and during a tie-break
game, play shall be continuous and the players shall change ends without a

But that is the rule for ITF events. Nadal plays ATP events and from Wikipedia

A tennis match is intended to be continuous.[24] Stamina is a relevant factor, so arbitrary delays are not permitted. In most cases, service is required to occur no more than 20 (ITF events)[24] or 25 (ATP and WTA events) seconds after the end of the previous point.

So, it is 25 seconds between points. Now, the point (pun intended) is when does a point finish? When the error or winner is hit? When the player gets the ball from the ball boys? Anyone care to explain?
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