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Will The Umpire’s Be Consistent With The Time Violation Rule In 2013?

Friday, March 1st, 2013

After watching some of the Nole/Delpo semifinal in Dubai and seeing the Argentine receive a time violation warning when he was bouncing the ball and almost ready to toss the thing to serve (at 3-1 up in the 2nd set and break point down),  I can’t help but wonder whether the umpire’s will be consistent with the new rule this season, particularly in the bigger events. Will they show leniency to players when matches are longer or will they remain consistent no matter what, I have a feeling that if Novak plays Rafa at Roland Garros this year then the strict time violation rule will be pushed out by a few seconds, is that fair though?

If a rule has been introduced by the ATP for all players then shouldn’t it apply to ALL players, Nole and Rafa have played some great matches over the last few years and some VERY long ones, in fact I think some of those matches have probably been a major factor in why the ATP have introduced this new rule for season 2013, Djokovic and Nadal are great athletes and usually produce some gut-busting rallies but rules are rules aren’t they, I don’t mean to focus just on these two guys either because there are numerous other players on the tour who push the envelope when looking to recover from a long tiring rally, I commend the ATP on trying to keep the play moving in a timely manner  more »