Originally Posted by redshift36188
If we can accept points won by net cords during the rallies, why not during the serve? Let's see how it plays out in challengers, I think it might be a good move.
ATP has taken good steps to decrease dead time. The 25 seconds rules being enforced on the ATP tournaments had an effect on the AO I believe (although I have no stats) even not being enforced there.
Exactly, that would be the ideal solution but it's not feasible.
because a player in a rally at least could be positioned WHEREEVER on the court, when returning serve you HAVE to be at least behind the service line, it just makes for even more potentially ridiculous unreturnable balls. beyond just dead lets, any sort of let at all could screw someone returning.
it's a horrible idea to try this. obviously the majority of the time it would be irrelevant and speed up play, BUT just the points here and there where a player got a bad break because of an entirely unreturnable serve would cause outcry. imagine it happening in dramatic instances like a tiebreak. unacceptable.
in a rally we can accept an occasional unreturnable groundstroke that hits the net and rolls over, dead-let, whatever, BUT at least in this case there is room for a player to maneuver around the court as it's happening. a player in the defensive returning position certainly would be screwed on a lot of lets because of weird unpredictable bounces
it just is retarded to try and adjust this, the let is there to make things more fair. the primary objective should not be financial and greedy tournaments trying to make matches faster and squeeze in more potential money or whatever, it should be trying to make the most balanced and best battle surroundings possible.
this is a really dumb idea and the ATP obviously is hoping to make tennis faster and the most appealing to general sporting audiences as they can, but something like this (if enacted) is just going to cause far far far too many bad moments. seriously I could name a ginourmous list of matches off the top of my head where one point here or there changed the shift/momentum in a match. killing the let ball will do the same thing, players will get jipped now and then (probably rarely) in important moments and it will cause an outcry. as it should.
once again at least in the middle of a rally when a player hits the net, the opponent has the opportunity (by luck or extremely quick movement) to be close to the net. obviously when returning serve they do not have any possibility of getting a good hit on an awkward let or even dead lets