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So, you ask the players to go fetch the balls while the whole world is watching?

One, it is hard on players to run after balls who also have to play a long match. Two, people watch tennis on TV for entertainment, it is like another TV show, you want to make the show attractive, and asking players to go fetch balls by themselves makes the show unattractive. Three, balls are the essential part of the tennis as they are needed for every point/rally that is played; not towels. Four, there is a shot clock and certain time within which the players have to resume the next point, and you don't want players running after the balls after every point; do you? Many reasons.
 

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Your common sense is missing.

So, you ask the players to go fetch the balls while the whole world is watching?

One, it is hard on players to run after balls who also have to play a long match. Two, people watch tennis on TV for entertainment, it is like another TV show, you want to make the show attractive, and asking players to go fetch balls by themselves makes the show unattractive. Three, balls are the essential part of the tennis as they are needed for every point/rally that is played; not towels. Four, there is a shot clock and certain time within which the players have to resume the next point, and you don't want players running after the balls after every point; do you? Many reasons.
Still I can't take this explanation)))
 

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Touching sweaty, snotty towels is disgusting. The practice should disappear forever. It's just to reduce the amount of objects been shared, so only the balls instead of towels, water, etc.
And to think a pandemic was needed for this to happen.
 

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Your common sense is missing.

So, you ask the players to go fetch the balls while the whole world is watching?

One, it is hard on players to run after balls who also have to play a long match. Two, people watch tennis on TV for entertainment, it is like another TV show, you want to make the show attractive, and asking players to go fetch balls by themselves makes the show unattractive. Three, balls are the essential part of the tennis as they are needed for every point/rally that is played; not towels. Four, there is a shot clock and certain time within which the players have to resume the next point, and you don't want players running after the balls after every point; do you? Many reasons.
I think you got me wrong, I'm actually in favour of the ball-guys taking care of the towels as well since they are already touching the balls.
Specially now with the shot clock, players who sweat a lot need to rush a bit, etc.
 

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Your common sense is missing.

So, you ask the players to go fetch the balls while the whole world is watching?

One, it is hard on players to run after balls who also have to play a long match. Two, people watch tennis on TV for entertainment, it is like another TV show, you want to make the show attractive, and asking players to go fetch balls by themselves makes the show unattractive. Three, balls are the essential part of the tennis as they are needed for every point/rally that is played; not towels. Four, there is a shot clock and certain time within which the players have to resume the next point, and you don't want players running after the balls after every point; do you? Many reasons.
This would be a fine explanation were it the actual reason this rule was implemented - but it's an inconsistent rule in light of the coronavirus, which is what the author of the thread is referring to.

It's like snooker players who can't shake hands but put their hands all over the same table and sit right next to each other shoulder to shoulder. We know that the virus is present on surfaces for quite some time, depending on the surface itself.
 

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The rule originates from the WTA, where they have no sweaty balls.
 
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This would be a fine explanation were it the actual reason this rule was implemented - but it's an inconsistent rule in light of the coronavirus, which is what the author of the thread is referring to.
Inconsistent yea, but they are trying to minimise the risk, completely removing any risk would just mean no tennis until further notice.
 

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There's a logical fallacy that if coronavirus interventions aren't comprehensive and all-encompassing then they're not worth doing. The spread of a virus is a statistical process defined by a reproduction rate. If you ban some forms of contact and not others, it will reduce the reproduction rate, even if only by a small amount.
 

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Inconsistent yea, but they are trying to minimise the risk, completely removing any risk would just mean no tennis until further notice.
Damage control regarding tennis is a hilarious concept - the whole thing is an utter joke. I agree with the author. It's really stupid.
 

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It’s not even sure the virus can be transported to other people from solids lol
 

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What? People are actually defending the touching of sweaty towels by kids? Be gone, foul practice, forever... Ewww!
 
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