Thursday, July 18, 2024

Carlos Alcaraz plans ATP talks over ‘new’ shot clock rule after defeat at Queen’s Club -Dlight News

Carlos Alcaraz said he would speak to the ATP about a “new” shot clock rule being trialled after feeling rushed during his defeat by Jack Draper at Queen’s Club.

Alcaraz’s preparations for his Wimbledon title defence suffered a setback with a shock 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 loss to new British No 1 Draper in the last 16 in front of his home crowd.

The 25-second shot clock was previously started only when the chair umpire called the score but the tweak to the rule in the trial means that the countdown to a serve begins almost immediately after a point is concluded.

The new regulation, aimed at streamlining game flow and ensuring consistent time management, has been on trial since the French Open concluded and it is believed the trial will continue in ATP tournaments until the end of the season.

Alcaraz said that he had no time to go through his regular routine during the match and that he had expressed his concerns to chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani.

“He told me that there is a new rule, this new thing, that the clock never stops. After the point is finished, the clock is putting on,” the world No 2 said.

“I think for the players it’s something bad. I finish the point at the net and I had no time to ask for balls. I’m not saying to go to a towel and take my time. I feel like I can’t ask for the balls.

“It’s crazy. I have time just to ask for two balls and no bounces. I’ve never seen something like that in tennis.

“If you play a long point or finish at the net, you have time just to go for a towel or ask for your routine, ask for, in my case, four balls, I’m concentrating on the next point, just bouncing my bounces and serve as best as I can.

“Today I felt like I was in a rush all the time. I had no time to bounce and do my routine.”

The umpires are understood to have the ability to pause the shot clocks in the event of disruptions beyond player or tournament control.

French Open champion Alcaraz was asked if he had spoken to the governing body.

“Not yet, but I will, for sure,” said the Spaniard, who will now head to Wimbledon, which begins on July 1 having only played two grass matches.

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