Shot clock on 2nd serve

BringBackWood

Professional
Nadal in recent times is abusing even more the fact that you can take how ever long you wish after a fault first serve. I wish we could rely on players' common decency to do this without a rule, but has got to the stage of absurdity now. He has added in the wiping the baseline and knocking his trainers before going to his first bounce with his racket, after which he bounces another few times. The ball kid has been back in position for maybe 15 seconds before Rafa finally deigns to start the rally. Also a let should not be an excuse to do his whole routine again, completely free from any enforceable time constraint. It both upsets the opponents rhythm as he is left standing in the return position for potentially getting on for a minute, and dreadfully boring for spectators.

Another thing displaying poor sportsmanship was him kicking his trainers when Novak was bouncing the ball ready to serve; one time I noticed Novak glare at him rather pointedly for doing that. Rafa has no respect for playing at the server's pace, as demonstrated whenever he puts his hand up because he was still fussing about with his arse or his trainers, long past a reasonable time has elasped for him to be ready.
 
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ollinger

G.O.A.T.
These complaints seem predicated on the notion that the opponent is usually in a hurry. Playing Nadal usually involves a fair amount of running, so who's to say his opponent most of the time wouldn't welcome a little more rest time between points?
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
A couple of postings from other recent threads are relevant to this question.

In most entertainment genres (movies, TV shows, plays, many sports with their many timeouts, scripted sports like wrestling), they like to prolong the suspense before a big scene or plot twist. I think that the ball-bouncing, longer time before serves actually increases the drama before a big point especially if it follows a previous exciting rally. Maybe, I’m in the minority here, but I think tennis authorities are making a mistake in trying to just move things along without recognizing what makes a sport more dramatic and watchable. If they ask a film director how to make matches more exciting, he is not going to tell them to have a service clock.

When I am live at a tournament or watching on TV as a fan, I don‘t get frustrated because a player is taking longer to serve - just adds to the anticipation of the moment.
If we really want to shorten the game, I think we should limit breaks and change of ends to every four games Instead of every two games. Two games are completed within 10 minutes in most cases and I don’t think we need a 90-second break every 8-10 minutes. I would make that change rather than worry about service clocks and other rules that affect play during games. I would support limiting catching a toss to only once per serve - the second time would be a fault. This is more to prevent disruption of the returner‘s rhythm rather to speed up the game.
 

BringBackWood

Professional
These complaints seem predicated on the notion that the opponent is usually in a hurry. Playing Nadal usually involves a fair amount of running, so who's to say his opponent most of the time wouldn't welcome a little more rest time between points?
That's not Nadal's judgement to make, and besides, the rules are not for the player's comfort. Nadal is effectively getting 50 seconds between points because of this abuse. Long rally..... no problem.

And I count the end of the point when the ball goes dead, not when the umpire sees the player going to the towel and delays their calling the score to accomodate!
 
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