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New rule in ATP's focus

Melbourne, Jan 12, 2013, Reuters:  22:52 IST
Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) chief Brad Drewett will meet with players on Saturday and address a new rule aimed at speeding up the game that has drawn criticism from professionals on the men's tour.

This year, the ATP are enforcing a regulation that gives players 25 seconds to serve the ball or face a warning and then the loss of a point for a second violation. The new rule has sparked complaints from players who have fallen foul of the law.

Grand slams have had a time limit of 20 seconds for a number of years but the rule is rarely enforced and top players like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic regularly flout it with drawn-out preparations.

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