For some time now, the tennis world has been contemplating the use of a shot-clock. There have been many debates raging over the time that some players take in between points.
While some claim that it is necessary for players to re-energize themselves, others feel that it disrupts the flow of the match.
Things came to a head when it was announced that the shot clock will be in use for this year’s US Open qualifying, which split the tennis world in two.
“We’re going to try out the shot clock,” Stacey Allaster, the new head of pro tennis at the USTA, told USA TODAY Sports in an interview.
“We are not changing the rules, but we are testing the technology and getting the umpires used to it. We can use these events as incubators for innovation.”
But there are others who are against the idea of a shot clock.
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“I would be against it,” American No. 1 John Isner said. “For me, I like to take my time on the court.”
“If I see the shot clock winding down on the court, I think it’s going to rush my rhythm when I get up there and see I only have five seconds left. I would inevitably miss that serve.”
World number one, Rafael Nadal is also against the idea of a shot clock, as he feels that it ruins the spectacle of the game.
In the press conference before the US Open, Nadal made it quite clear that he is against the shot clock, and feels that it should be scrapped as soon as possible.