With the brand new tennis season only a few weeks away, the ATP (not World) Tour can have extra modifications than simply the snappy new emblem.
Tennis.life has discovered that probably the most notable one is that the 25-second shot clock will now be necessary in any respect Masters 1000 degree tournaments.
That goes for principal draw and qualifying matches, on all match courts.
The shot clock is beneficial for the lower-level tournaments as effectively. But it surely gained’t be necessary. That may change in 2020, when it will likely be required gear in any respect ATP Tour occasions.
Doubles modifications additionally instituted
The doubles gamers have been lobbying for some modifications for awhile now. They usually’re getting their want in 2019 as all Masters 1000 tournaments can have 32-team attracts.
Till now, solely the expanded Indian Wells and Miami Open had full 32-team attracts. The rest of the Masters 1000s had 24-player attracts – i.e., the eight seeded groups had first-round byes.
There will probably be three wild-card groups allowed per match, up from two at the moment, no matter draw dimension.
In return, the doubles gamers will make themselves accessible for extra off-court occasions to advertise the tournaments.
Amongst these are pro-am and extra sponsor actions. These are issues that already occur to some extent, at some tournaments. And it’s undoubtedly not a brand new concept.
However the primary addition – that is an fascinating one – a “Doubles Solely” courtroom.
The most important completely different with this courtroom, if the tournaments select to implement it, is that the courtroom could possibly be branded in another way to make it stand out and entice consideration by itself.
And, notably, there will probably be free crowd second on that courtroom.
Which you need to assume is a check of how which may go within the larger image.
US Open Collection check passes
The tournaments main as much as this yr’s US Open tried out the shot clock this yr.
As a lot speak as there may be about it, it’s a type of issues that type of went unnoticed the overwhelming majority of the time.
There’s no point out of the “shortened” warmup – i.e. the frantic race to get to the coin toss as quickly because the gamers get on courtroom, with little alternative to refrigerate particular sports activities drinks and even put the wristbands on proper facet up.
So let’s hope that’s for … later.
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