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Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« on: February 13, 2013, 09:14:10 AM »


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Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”



Rafael Nadal Tennis Panroama News

By Barbara Galiza

(February 12, 2013) São Paulo - Returning to Brazil for the first time since 2005, Rafael Nadal will play the ATP 250 São Paulo this week. In his pre-tournament news conference, the world No. 5 commented on the improvements on his health and the new enforcement of the “25 seconds between serves” rule.



“People want to see long matches, competitive rallies and amazing shots. For me to play in a high level for four hours, I need more than 25 seconds,” said the Spaniard, famous for taking long between serves. ”I don’t think players are happy with the new rule. The umpire will have to decide when it’s up to follow it or not. Because if it’s something mathematical, it will harm the fans.”



Nadal returned to competition last week, in Chile, after being away from tour for seven months because of a knee injury. He was the runner up in Viña Del Mar, losing to the Horacio Zeballos, ranked 73th.



“I’m not ready to think about titles, I’m thinking about playing day by day”, he said. “I’m not worried whether this (the injury) is going to be a problem for the future, I’m worried about the time it will take (to be 100%). Last week was a positive result. There are days my knee limits me physically, but there are days it’s better. Every week, I have less bad days.”



To Nadal, part of the blame for his injury is the length of the hardcourt season. The surface isn’t ideal to the body.



“I find hardcourts the worst for the body. You don’t see footballers playing on hard fields, or any other sports with aggressive moments (being practiced on the same surface). They’re the most harming for articulations, knees, backs.”



“I don’t think a change to more clay and grass tournaments will be possible in my generation. The ATP needs to be more careful to prolong their player’s careers. I want to be able to still practice sports after I retire. Tennis careers are very important, but life is more,” said the 26-year-old player.



Even though he said to be taking tournaments day by day, the Spaniard admitted that the next Olympic Games is something in his mind:



“Being in Rio 2016 is a big goal of mine. I want to be there in condition to compete and also win what could be my last Olympics.”



Nadal also reaffirmed his stance on public records of the anti-doping controls held by the ITF. To him, if blood tests and urine tests are kept private, tennis is at risk.



“We need to know the person on the other side of the net is in the same condition as you are. Sport needs to be example to kids and an example of hard work. Everyone needs to know how many blood test and urine tests we go through or we will have the same problem as cycling”, he said.



Barbara Galiza is a journalist from Rio de Janeiro covering the Brasil Open as media in São Paulo for Tennis Panorama. She likes tennis and writing. Sometimes she blogs, most of the time she tweets. – @fiercetennis. Follow her São Paulo updates on @TennisNewsTPN.

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 09:19:02 AM »
I think I am watching tennis, not waiting for players to settle down between the points. Certainly, the amazing rallies only occur after someone sucessfully serving the serve, not after someone using towel or boucing the ball.  :whistle:
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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 09:28:12 AM »
well, this is all over the internet. My position is that Rafa is wrong here and rules are there for a reason. Nole was able to stop that ridicilous ball bouncing that was irritating to even his fans. Rafa can adjust too. Anyway, this rule will be enforced only by the ATP, not sure if the ITF will follow, meaning nothing is changing at slams... not yet.

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 10:19:43 AM »
Agree with you both.  I like the rule and I like that they are enforcing it this year. I hope they continue to enforce it.  ://

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 05:59:41 PM »
Stop whining and develop your game.
Any fool can see that extended low-risk rallies destroy the body.
Look at your knees you knucklehead!

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 11:54:18 PM »
What Rafa has wrong is the notion that people want to see 5 hour matches. They don't. This is proof!
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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2013, 12:58:04 AM »

I may be in the minority here,but time between points doesn't bother me as long as no one is abusing the system and using it to his/her own advantage. It might result in a longer match, but the quality may be better. I thought 2012 AO final between rafa and djoker was amazing, they both took lots of time in between, but it was so dramatic and definitely enjoyed it.

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013, 03:23:48 AM »
I like the new rule, but can understand the argument from the other side.

However my perspective is that the game needs to be made for TV if it is to stay healthy into the future and grow. And for television and the general non-tennis enthusiast a quicker game will bring in more viewers and more money into our game.

Take cricket for example, the 20/20 is booming because it's attracting new people to the sport who weren't previously interested in cricket because of the fast-paced action. Just like our society, sport is moving towards becoming more and more fast paced, because that's what we as people are demanding as a whole.

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013, 04:50:21 AM »
What Rafa has wrong is the notion that people want to see 5 hour matches. They don't. This is proof!
Not 5 hours of stalling tactics.......
He could cut his on court time by 25% if he played by the rules.
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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2013, 04:53:03 AM »
 :confused1:New rule??? :confused1:

I thought it was enforcement of the existing rule.

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2013, 04:57:46 AM »
well, this is all over the internet. My position is that Rafa is wrong here and rules are there for a reason. Nole was able to stop that ridicilous ball bouncing that was irritating to even his fans. Rafa can adjust too. Anyway, this rule will be enforced only by the ATP, not sure if the ITF will follow, meaning nothing is changing at slams... not yet.
It's not only after the long rallies that some players choose to stall.  Time and again, players use these poor sportsmanlike tactics in an attempt to shift momentum regardless of the length of the previous point.  It's flat out cheating if it extends beyond 25 seconds and poor sportsmanship if it's stalling within the time limit.  Hence my complete and utter disdain for any loser who utilizes such tactics.

On a side note, I had to laugh when someone compared lengthy rallies to a 'chess match'.  How ribiculous!  Chess matches take days to play out.  Who the hell wants to watch that?
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2013, 05:39:01 AM »
:confused1:New rule??? :confused1:

I thought it was enforcement of the existing rule.

Not exactly. They changed the rule somewhat, making the penalty lighter. The hope was thet the umpires would be brave enough to apply these lighter measures. Before you'd lose a point. Now you get a fault and can use your 2nd serve.

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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2013, 05:42:50 AM »
On a side note, I had to laugh when someone compared lengthy rallies to a 'chess match'.  How ribiculous!  Chess matches take days to play out.  Who the hell wants to watch that?

I see you have not watched much chess. We have something called blitz chess. Also bullet chess. The former takes maximum 10 minutes to finish, the latter maximum 2 minutes.

And there are no matches of any kind that goes on beyond five or six hours nowadays.

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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2013, 10:59:16 PM »
On a side note, I had to laugh when someone compared lengthy rallies to a 'chess match'.  How ribiculous!  Chess matches take days to play out.  Who the hell wants to watch that?

I see you have not watched much chess. We have something called blitz chess. Also bullet chess. The former takes maximum 10 minutes to finish, the latter maximum 2 minutes.

And there are no matches of any kind that goes on beyond five or six hours nowadays.

LMAO!!!!

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2013, 11:07:40 PM »
Why has no one anywhere ever mentioned challenges? There are +6 per set. Even Federer wastes challenges when he needs to regroup. Play faster and burn your challenges when you want to take a breather. Or, just finish your matches already and it won't be an issue.
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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2013, 11:48:43 PM »
Why has no one anywhere ever mentioned challenges? There are +6 per set. Even Federer wastes challenges when he needs to regroup. Play faster and burn your challenges when you want to take a breather. Or, just finish your matches already and it won't be an issue.
Babs, what you are saying makes sense. However, Rafa has his routine, he definitely has some sort of OCD, call it whatever you want and he is not willing to change/adapt. I like Nadal and many of these things don't really bother me, but he needs to find a way to play within the rules instead of complaining about them.  Somehow, he sounds like a victim lately, as if everything and everybody is against him. 

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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2013, 12:06:51 AM »
Why has no one anywhere ever mentioned challenges? There are +6 per set. Even Federer wastes challenges when he needs to regroup. Play faster and burn your challenges when you want to take a breather. Or, just finish your matches already and it won't be an issue.

The ultimate solution is going to be extending current challenges technology into full computer-line judge.  :)>>>>
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2013, 05:10:55 AM »
:confused1:New rule??? :confused1:

I thought it was enforcement of the existing rule.

Not exactly. They changed the rule somewhat, making the penalty lighter. The hope was thet the umpires would be brave enough to apply these lighter measures. Before you'd lose a point. Now you get a fault and can use your 2nd serve.
Thanks for the clarification. :)
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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2013, 05:13:21 AM »
On a side note, I had to laugh when someone compared lengthy rallies to a 'chess match'.  How ribiculous!  Chess matches take days to play out.  Who the hell wants to watch that?

I see you have not watched much chess. We have something called blitz chess. Also bullet chess. The former takes maximum 10 minutes to finish, the latter maximum 2 minutes.

And there are no matches of any kind that goes on beyond five or six hours nowadays.
Surely you don't consider blitz and bullet to be 'real' chess?
That would be akin to calling table tennis -  tennis! ;-()
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Re: Nadal: “The 25-Second Rule Will Harm the Fans”
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2013, 05:15:10 AM »
Why has no one anywhere ever mentioned challenges? There are +6 per set. Even Federer wastes challenges when he needs to regroup. Play faster and burn your challenges when you want to take a breather. Or, just finish your matches already and it won't be an issue.
Babs, what you are saying makes sense. However, Rafa has his routine, he definitely has some sort of OCD, call it whatever you want and he is not willing to change/adapt. I like Nadal and many of these things don't really bother me, but he needs to find a way to play within the rules instead of complaining about them.  Somehow, he sounds like a victim lately, as if everything and everybody is against him.
Watch carefully next time Nadal plays.
When momentum is going his way, he plays at a decent pace.
When things are tight or momentum has swung in his opponents favor he will stall needlessly regardless of the length of the previous point.
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