Milos Raonic agrees that the inconsistency in the application of the 25-second serve rule is an issue in tennis, and he would like to make it as black and white as possible.
Speaking after a 3-set loss yesterday in the Queen’s quarterfinals to Gilles Simon, the Canadian wasn’t against the idea of a 25 second shot clock to monitor time between serves.
“We have a 25‑second rule,” Raonic said. “Everybody plays within the same guidelines, and there are some moments that I just wish the umpires would be strict with it. I think it should be almost like having an NBA shot clock in a way. 25 seconds, you pass it, call it. No judgment, nothing.
“I don’t know if you necessarily need it,” he said of the clock, but I think if you sort of are very strict with it from the beginning, players will learn by habit what is 25 seconds. You know, people will adjust their routines to make it in that time, and somebody can be all willing if they want.
“If they feel like they need more time, you can give up a serve and take 50 seconds, because technically once you get called out you have another full 25 seconds. But I think it should be a rule that’s black and white and not sort of play it in a big gray area if it’s in the books.”
Raonic made the Wimbledon semifinals last year, but this year will go in a little undercooked after foot surgery last month. But he looks forward to the event.
“I’m competing really well,” Raonic said. “I have taken the time, over this time that I couldn’t play, I think I have improved my mental side significantly and I have given myself more tools to use. I just needed my body to catch up a little bit, and therefore, I think I can do great at Wimbledon.”
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