This week the on-court shot clock that will set a 25-second limit between points is being introduced on the ATP and WTA Tour. Gayle Bradshaw, the ATP executive rules and competition vice president, is confident that everything will work fine, also for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who usually take a lot of time before serving.
Just about the Spaniard and the Serb, Bradshaw said: 'Both those guys, when they see the time, will adapt. Rafa, I think it's going to be a benefit, wearing down other guys after chasing down his balls.' 'There may be some bumps along the way but I think in the long run it's going to be a positive for everybody', he added.
'I'm optimistic this is really going to be a big plus. I think there's some anxiety because it's new, but once they get out and try it they will be fine with it.' It will be a flexible system, as suggested by Bradshaw himself: 'If you have a great point, people go crazy, they (umpires)'ll wait until applause dies down.
When players hear the score, they know the clock has started. Umpires will be expected to give a time violation if it goes to zero if they haven't started their motion. A lot of times it has been common sense to do that. A lot of times it has not.
It's the inconsistency that frustrates the players.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal: the players who earned the most