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.”