Nadal rips plans for shot clock

AFPLONDON (AFP-Jiji) — Rafael Nadal insisted Tuesday that plans by Wimbledon to introduce a 25-second shot clock will kill off the sport’s capacity for epic Grand Slam confrontations.

The U.S. Open will have a shot clock for this year’s tournament with Wimbledon poised to follow suit. World No. 1 Nadal is routinely warned for slow play between points. However, he believes players need time to compose themselves between points and to mull tactics over five sets.

“If you want to see a quick game without thinking, well done,” said Nadal. “If you want to keep playing in a sport that you need to think, you need to play with more tactics, you want to have long and good rallies, then of course you are going the wrong way.

“But seems like sometimes it is only about the business, so ... I can’t support this because I don’t feel the matches that stay for the history of our sport went that quick.”

Nadal has been involved in epic confrontations down the years as he amassed 17 Grand Slam titles.


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