Top coach supports Carlos Alcaraz’s criticism

Alcaraz complained a lot during the match against Draper

by Simone Brugnoli
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Top coach supports Carlos Alcaraz’s criticism
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It’s been one of the most debated topics in the last few weeks. A topic that has made Carlos Alcaraz impatient. Is making Tennis faster with the implementation of the countdown for the service a viable way to improve its fluidity? After the defeat against Jack Draper, the former World number one had said his, expressing his total disappointment: "This new rule is absurd and harmful to players.

When I finish the goal point, I don’t even have time to go and retrieve the ball to beat. I’m not talking about getting towels, but about the fact that we don’t even have time to catch the ball after a trade".

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Francois Nel / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Toni Nadal also spoke about it in the last hours to El Pàis: "The work of the referees is practically reduced to that of simple points counters". A new rule that provides only 25 seconds of margin between the end of the point and the beginning of the next. Why was it devised? " Probably to catch the attention of the new generations, whose attention threshold is always lower.

It doesn’t make much sense that players have the same amount of time after an ace and after a long and intense exchange," he said.

Carlos Alcaraz complained a lot 

Carlos Alcaraz complained a lot during the match against Draper at the Queen’s Club.

Carlos Alcaraz, Wimbledon 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Wimbledon 2024© Francois Nel / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

This decision somewhat repudiates the work of the judges of the chair, whose contribution to the game is reduced to the maximum, turning them almost into robots: "Race officials have the mission and responsibility to direct the direction their sport must take in order not to lose its essence, to adapt to the new times and to maintain, if not increase, its spectacular nature.

And the popularity of our sport often depends on the correctness of their decisions. The work of the referees is practically reduced to that of simple points counters," he said. The solution for Toni is: "What you should try to get is to increase the percentage of time the ball is in play and that there are long exchanges where players have to use different tricks and abilities to win them. These are the kind of fights that also attract long applause from the audience," he concluded.

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