By Astride Astrid. Tennis. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 07:28:03 AM.
Another rule change designed to the improve the sport concerns the pre-match warm-ups. Administrators and pundits alike have been searching for ways to speed up the sport and they have a logical place to shave off some time when it comes to the warm-ups. Players will now be expected to meet at the net in a more timely fashion and adhere to the chair umpire's command when “time” is called or face a hefty financial penalty. The match is the main event after all so if any unnecessary dillydallying can be cut so much the better.
We love tennis. As with anything it isn’t perfect and never will be. We simply need to protect its image enjoy the here and now and ensure its future as it inevitably evolves into something slightly different. Society in general seems to be slipping into a less disciplined and respectful place. If tennis were to go the same way it would be a shame.
If you rarely (or never) break strings just make sure you bring two racquets. If you break strings more often then 3-4 racquets will do the trick. Ideally your back up racquets should be as similar as possible to your racquet of choice.
Both of those solutions boil down to money. Naturally for many in a 128-player draw that first round prize money is a big deal which is why they will show up to play even if they go in knowing they are unfit and may have to pull the plug mid-match. As a concession to that driving factor players will now be allowed to collect fifty percent if they withdraw after noon on site on Thursday but before the main draw begins. Coupled with this players who are knowingly unfit to play and still opt to compete could face a fine up to the total amount of their first-round prize money if they fail to finish the match or “perform below professional standards.” Together these two rules should encourage players to make the smart choice and subsequently improve the overall optics of the sport.
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