No Towels

#1
I'm sitting here watching the Montrerrey Open on tennis channel and it appears there's no toweling off between points. I forgot how annoying it is to watch and how it slows down the game. Congratulations to the WTA or whoever who put this rule into effect.
 
#3
I'm sitting here watching the Montrerrey Open on tennis channel and it appears there's no toweling off between points. I forgot how annoying it is to watch and how it slows down the game. Congratulations to the WTA or whoever who put this rule into effect.
did they do away with the towels completely between points? did anyone's racket come flying out of their hands? i've broken way too many rackets that way
 

swizzy

Hall of Fame
#5
I wear multiple sweatbands..and in humid conditions they are almost useless. the game is by no means slow.. towels are necessary and tennis would be affected with poor grips, mishits, and flying rackets..
 
#6
Can you image a basketball player, a baseball player, a racquetball player or other sports players, stopping what they are doing to towel off after every pause in a game? That is what it has become. This excessive toweling off is annoying and distracting. If you are a recreational player, do you towel off after every point? I doubt it. I don't mind if the conditions are so humid that one needs to towel off occasionally, but you must admit that it is now excessive - its become a habit. If you're afraid that your racquet will fly out of your hand, put a lanyard on it.
 
#7
I find the toweling over the top, I do not mind that player take some time between points to catch their breath but toweling between every single point is just silly.
 
#9
I agree it's over the top. Between EVERY point is too much. There should be some middle ground here.. but also don't get rid of the towels as they are necessary for optimal play. (que meme) If they can just find a middle ground. That's be great.
 

North

Professional
#11
I don't care if they towel off or not, even after an ace, as long as it all happens in the time allotted and they are serving no later than 20 (or 25, depending on the tournament) seconds after the last point.
 
#12
I don't care if they towel off or not, even after an ace, as long as it all happens in the time allotted and they are serving no later than 20 (or 25, depending on the tournament) seconds after the last point.
You should care because the time taken is time wasted for all people who are watching the game. Tennis is entertainment. We are the consumer so we have a right to demand our time not be unnecessarily wasted.
 

North

Professional
#13
You should care because the time taken is time wasted for all people who are watching the game. Tennis is entertainment. We are the consumer so we have a right to demand our time not be unnecessarily wasted.
Well, I can't stand the time wasting, either. But I would settle for actual enforcement of the rule for time between points lol.
 
#14
I did notice Nadal has started to take two towels with him to the back so he can go to either ball boy..i'm surprised nobody had thought of that. I'm not sure when all the toweling got started, anyone?
 
#15
Murray, Anderson, Paire, put the towel(blankie) to their face for 4 seconds after every point, even, if the guy across the net double faults, the refs should grow a pair. (or pairs)
 

swizzy

Hall of Fame
#16
I would rather the players play their best with as few mishits as possible.. as long as they stay in the 25 second rule they can do whatever they like..
 

jrs

Professional
#18
I support the ban on towels.
Also support playing with the first 2 balls the ball kid gives them - instead of examining all 6 balls before selecting 2.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
#19
I did notice Nadal has started to take two towels with him to the back so he can go to either ball boy..i'm surprised nobody had thought of that. I'm not sure when all the toweling got started, anyone?
Greg Rusedski was certainly a pioneer. I recall him constantly calling for the towel at Wimbledon back in the late 1990s. McEnroe once commented on the practice in a discussion with Greg at Wimbledon a few years ago. He said, "Who started all that? Was it you?" and Greg smiled and looked rather sheepish!
 
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