"It's madness" Carlos Alcaraz repeats the new ATP rule

The Spaniard, defeated at the Queen's Club Championships by Jack Draper, harshly criticized the new rule being introduced by the ATP during the press conference

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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"It's madness" Carlos Alcaraz repeats the new ATP rule
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"This new rule is absurd and harmful to the players. When I finish the goal, I don't even have time to go and recover the ball to serve."

The third career defeat on grass, the first after thirteen consecutive victories, left a bitter aftertaste for Carlitos Alcaraz who, in the interview after losing to Jack Draper at the Queen's Club Championships, attacked the board of the tournament and the ATP new rule on shot clock. At the press conference, Alcaraz expressed his total disappointment with one of the rules that the ATP is trying to introduce into the Tour.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

At Queen's, in fact, the shot clock - which calculates the time between one point and another - is activated at the end of each rally without waiting even a second more, as happens when the chair umpire manages it.

"I'm not talking about going to get towels, but the fact that we don't even have time to get the ball after a rally.
It's madness, something I've never seen before in this sport,"
explained the Spaniard, who will return directly to the All England Club.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

The Spaniard was coming off an impressive series of victories on grass courts, which allowed him to triumph first at the Queen's tournament and then at Wimbledon last year. The last one to beat him was Jannik Sinner at the Wimbledon Championships in 2022. After almost two years, the young British Draper blocked his way. The Briton won his first ATP title in Stuttgart four days ago and has now reached the quarter-finals in his home event, directly eliminating the defending champion.

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