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New York | Federer Unimpressed

New York | Federer Unimpressed
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Two new rules are being introduced to tennis at the US Open for the qualifying, junior, and wheelchair draws, and Roger Federer is not impressed with either of them – on-court coaching and the shot clock.

Currently, a player may not receive any advice from their coach while on court but, under the new rules, they will be able to seek help when they are playing on the side of their coach.

Sometimes we need to have some leeway. But I do believe we should enforce the rule at some stage, somehow, because maybe too many players have gone over the limit. Roger Federer

As for the shot clock, there will be a 20-second period introduced with the aim of speeding up the play and preventing long pauses between points.

“I’m not all for it,” said Federer.

“I find it kind of cool that in tennis, you know, you’re sort of on your own out there.

“Not everybody has the same amount of resources for coaching, as well, so I’m not sure if it’s that beneficial.”

Federer has been around for many a year now. He’s seen a lot of new players come and go, and he’s also seen a lot of new introductions come into the sport.

“I’m sure it’s not going to make that much of a difference because I’m sure there’s hand signs going on as we speak,” he continued.

“It doesn’t take much to understand that message. I’m not really for it.”

With regards to the shot clock, he added: “The shot clock is an interesting one, but how do you judge, when you finish after a drop shot, it’s been a tough rally, the guy has to run back to the baseline.”

“Sometimes we need to have some leeway. But I do believe we should enforce the rule at some stage, somehow, because maybe too many players have gone over the limit.

“That’s where we are now. I’m not sure if it’s good, but give it a try, I guess.”


About The Author

Barbara Wancke

Barbara Wancke is a Tennis Threads Tennis Correspondent who has been involved in the sport for over 40 years, not only as a former player, umpire and coach but primarily as an administrator and tennis writer contributing over the years to Lawn Tennis, Tennis World, and Tennis Today. She has worked with the Dunlop Sports Co, IMG and at the ITF as Director of Women’s Tennis, responsible, amongst other things, for the running of the Federation Cup (now Fed Cup), and acting as Technical Director for tennis at the Seoul Olympics (1988). She subsequently set up her own tennis consultancy Tennis Interlink and was elected to the Board of the TIA UK where she became the Executive Administrator and Executive Vice President until she stood down in July 2014 and is currently an Honorary Vice President.

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