Subsequent 12 months’s Australian Open will function shot clocks for the primary time, the Grand Slam Board introduced on Tuesday. Grand Slams have beforehand allowed gamers 20 seconds between factors however the time permitted can be elevated to 25 seconds, bringing them into line with the ATP Tour.

| Nov 21, 2017, 21:22 IST

LONDON: Subsequent 12 months’s Australian Open will function shot clocks for the primary time, the Grand Slam Board introduced on Tuesday. Grand Slams have beforehand allowed gamers 20 seconds between factors however the time permitted can be elevated to 25 seconds, bringing them into line with the ATP Tour.

Slightly than being left to the discretion of the chair umpire, nonetheless, an digital shot clock will tick down within the nook of the court docket, as was the case at this month’s Subsequent Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

The choice to tweak the timing rule was made throughout a two-day assembly of the Grand Slam Board in London after a request from the Australian Open organisers.

“It was unanimously agreed to help 2018 Australian Open’s software to the ITF (Worldwide Tennis Federation) for a waiver of the 20 seconds between factors required by the Guidelines of Tennis, with a purpose to enable for enforcement of a strict 25 seconds using a ‘serve/shot clock’ system in step with that trialed on the 2017 U.S. Open,” a press release stated.

The size of the pre-match warm-ups will even be strictly managed on the Jan. 15-28 Australian Open, limiting them to 5 minutes. These not able to play within the permitted time might face fines of $20,000.

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