Some of us are old enough to remember the 1950’s game show “Beat the Clock” … but how are today’s tennis pros doing in beating the new shot clock?
A Good Idea
For the record, I am in favor of the tournaments adding the serving shot clock to the game to speed up the play of guys like “touch myself all over” Nadal or “bounce the ball 18 times” Djokovic. Even though it has had somewhat uneven enforcement (because the chair umpire uses their discretion as to when to start and stop the clock), I believe it has served its purpose.
How To Beat the Clock
The 25-second clock starts when the umpire calls the score and ends when the “server starts their motion.” So what can a player do to “game the system”?
If the server is not ready to serve – and the clock is running down – all they have to do is toss the ball in the air and the clock with stop; and then they can continue to go into their “real” service motion.
I haven’t seen anyone do this intentionally; but time will tell.
Are YOU in favor of the shot clock?
P.S. A trivia challenge: (without looking it up) who was the MC on the original Beat the Clock TV show?
US Open TV Coverage
Thanks to pro Alan Anastos, here is the link to the TV coverage for the upcoming final major of the year …
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