3 rules that would revolutionize pro tennis of the future

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Not PMR material. Move to GPPD, please.

Maybe yes to #1.

Definite no to #2.

Definite yes to #3. Time to manage anger and put some teeth in this rule before graphite shrapnel destroys an innocent person’s vision.
 

Vamos Rafa Nadal

Hall of Fame
The only caveat I would make is that a let ought to be called if the ball hits the net and then flies over the net, but if it's just scraping by the net then I totally agree on getting rid of the let cord rule.
 

beezer12

New User
1. No let’s allowed
2. Only 1 serve
3. Jail time for smashing racquet
4. Jail time for talking back to umpire
3 and 4 are assault cases and should be tried in front of a jury if need be.
 

Brian11785

Hall of Fame
One serve allowed would mean they could speed up the courts without it becoming a servebot-fest.

I've also heard suggestions of shrinking the service box.
 

speedysteve

Legend
Only the best and biggest events can afford auto line calling automation. $3-$5 million per court!
Searches throw up $60-70K per court cost.
Source


Max 18 courts at the most prestigious venues ~ $1M+
Minus the cost of the standard Hawkeye system.. that's in lots and lots of tournaments already. Minus servicing costs of the hungry, thirsty lines people:)
 

El_Yotamo

Hall of Fame
1. As others above have said it should only be removed for the cases where the net clearly does not change the trajectory of the serve
2. I'd have a very very hard time accepting this
3. Maybe automotic DQ is too extreme, but I agree that perhaps a violent racquet smash should lead straight to a point penalty rather than a warning
 

hofshot

New User
1. As others above have said it should only be removed for the cases where the net clearly does not change the trajectory of the serve
2. I'd have a very very hard time accepting this
3. Maybe automotic DQ is too extreme, but I agree that perhaps a violent racquet smash should lead straight to a point penalty rather than a warning
1. how is that?
2. me too
3. no.
3.
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
1. As others above have said it should only be removed for the cases where the net clearly does not change the trajectory of the serve
2. I'd have a very very hard time accepting this
3. Maybe automotic DQ is too extreme, but I agree that perhaps a violent racquet smash should lead straight to a point penalty rather than a warning
1. Let's definitely have umpires be in charge of immediately determining "clearly" after each service let.
 

El_Yotamo

Hall of Fame
1. Let's definitely have umpires be in charge of immediately determining "clearly" after each service let.
Yes I know it'll allow potentially problematic situations but it's not like players don't already complain/mistrust the net cord sensors we have today. What I mean is that the let will be called if the ball "bounces" off the net cord. However if the ball grazes the net and still comes at the same speed/trajectory there should not be a let call. Is there a potential gray area? Probably. Will umpires f*ck up once in a while? Definitely. But it still seems like it'll be more fair than it is today, and maybe after a couple years some tech can be put in place to detect it as well
 

speedysteve

Legend
I'm pretty sure Hawkeye live can do the change of tradjectory on let thing.
It sees every ball path and bounce spot, speed, spin etc

Saves another useless game interrupting piece of equipment - the net cord machine, thatt riggers when there is no discernible deflection. Servers hate it.

I don't work for Hawkeye btw!

The junior matches at the US open I watched were all played without lets. Fun to see them scampering - just like any other net cord.

But the tradjectory thing is interesting.
Set at a shallow angle, ace counts would increase.
 

BGod

Legend
1. Restrict racquet head size to 95sq, plenty of top guys have this size yes, but it would eliminate a lot of the tweeners and adjust the game accordingly.
2. Ban poly, cannot be said enough.
3. A 15 minute MTO to be used once, enough time to better help in cramping (as 4-5 min does next to nothing) & customary 15 minute break between a 4th and 5th set for ATP.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
1. Speed up all of the courts
2. Max racquet size is 90
3. No lets
4. Reduce service clock to 20 and enforce it every time.
5. MuryGOAT
 

Omega Mouse

New User
Mods deleting my comments about transgenders in tennis. Interesting. I guess things will never change if we're not willing to talk about it.
 

Autodidactic player

Professional
1. Eliminate service lets (just play the ball like you do on any other shot);
2. 1 toss per serve (no catching and tossing again);
3. Players entourage seated behind one way glass where they can see the player but the player cannot see or communicate with them (on the outer courts, the entourage can watch on a big screen in the clubhouse);
4. bonus rule, put a firm time limit on bathroom/cloths change breaks.
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
Yes I know it'll allow potentially problematic situations but it's not like players don't already complain/mistrust the net cord sensors we have today. What I mean is that the let will be called if the ball "bounces" off the net cord. However if the ball grazes the net and still comes at the same speed/trajectory there should not be a let call. Is there a potential gray area? Probably. Will umpires f*ck up once in a while? Definitely. But it still seems like it'll be more fair than it is today, and maybe after a couple years some tech can be put in place to detect it as well
Should we do that for all the other points in the rally as well?
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
1. Best of 5 sets to be re-introduced for all non-Slam big title finals ie. WTF, Masters 1000s, Olympics, Davis Cup.
2. No MTOs prior to your opponent's serve.
3. 5 minute limit in the toilet during toilet breaks (if emergency needs to be negotiated with umpire beforehand).
4. Player fetches own towels (current practice to be made permanent).
 

DutchUncle

Rookie
No lets would be an improvement.

Smash a racquet (whether "violently" or not), kick a water bottle, hit the umpire's chair, hit a ball into the court or into the stands, use foul language, argue with a linesperson, it's a one-point "unacceptable sportsmanship" penalty. Questions about a call or complaints about the opposing player to be discussed calmly with the umpire.

Nerves can bring on diarrhea or a player may have a medical condition like IBS, or a bout of "foreign food disorder," so 5 minutes may not suffice as a bathroom break for everyone, but someone should stand guard at his stall and player should not bring a phone or anything else into the stall.
 

dxc

New User
Would it be impossible to play a 3 setter without the 1 minute rest after every 2 game? Only rest after each set? In badminton or squash they do not rest after 10 points played, but only after the set.
 

Fedinkum

Legend
Can’t agree with 1 serve. Having two serves increases the complicity and strategy component of a tennis game. Seeing aces served is amazing.
 
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