Countdown starts to players on the clock at U.S. Open

(Reuters) – The WTA, ATP and USTA will introduce a shot clock at the U.S. Open and hardcourt events in the run up to the year’s final Grand Slam in an attempt to speed up the game, the tennis governing bodies said on Wednesday.

Jul 2, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General view of the outer courts on day one at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Under the new format players will have up to 25 seconds to serve or receive a time violation.

The idea of a serve clock has drawn the wrath of some of the sport’s biggest names competing at…

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