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US Open to use 25-second clocks, timed warmup in main draw

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will have 25-serve on all of its courts during main draw matches this year to enforce limits between points.

The Grand Slam tournament, which begins in on Aug. 27, will also have a strict 7-minute period from when players enter a court until action starts after the warmup.

Both the serve and strict timing for the warmup were tested during qualifying matches at Flushing Meadows in 2017.

"We would like to keep the pace of play moving," Association said in a telephone interview Wednesday, confirming the main-draw changes that were first reported by The Times.

"That's our goal." One other element that the USTA tried out during qualifying matches at last year's tournament that will not make it into the main draw this around is allowing coaches to communicate with their players during matches.

"We certainly will not see coaching in the main draw this year," Widmaier said.

The amount of taken between points by players has been a topic of conversation in for quite a while now. And although umpires are supposed to monitor the seconds, it has not been done uniformly, in part because there is not a readout available for players and spectators to see.

Now there will be something akin to a shot clock for matches.

If a player's 25-allotment before serving lapses, the umpire will issue a warning. The can be docked a point after a violation, and then a game after a third, Widmaier said.

Before the start of play, the in will mark a 7-minute limit split up this way: 1 minute from when players step on court until the coin toss; 5 minutes for the warmup; 1 minute until the opening point. Delays can result in fines of up to $20,000, according to Widmaier.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 12:10 IST
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