Milan Review: A Look Back At The Innovations And Rule Changes

As soon as 2019, tennis fans could see some of the innovations that were the hallmark of the Next Gen ATP Finals on the regular ATP World Tour, says Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman and President.

The 25-second shot clock, reduced warm up and one medical time out have been earmarked as possible changes for as soon as 2019.

“Those three things, I think we could do for 2019. I really, really do,” Kermode said in an interview.

He was discussing the new rules as the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, an idea 20 months in the making, came to a close in Milan. South Korea’s Hyeon Chung beat Andrey Rublev of Russia on Saturday night for the inaugural title.

The tournament welcomed eight of the world’s best 21-and-under players to Italy, and, for the first time, tested a plethora of new rules and innovations that have been talked about for decades but never trialled.

“The whole thing has been quite a journey,” Kermode said.

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The innovations featured changes that diehard traditionalists might question, including a shorter format – best of five set matches, first to four games sets and no-ad scoring – along with in-match coaching.

But Kermode re-assured all fans, from the traditionalists to the new-age crowd who would like to see no second serves, to stay calm amidst the talk of change.

“Don’t panic. We’re not rushing into doing mad stuff but what I do want to do is to test things that maybe five, 10 years down the line can be used, and we’ll see whether they work,” he said.

Any changes to regular ATP World Tour play would have to go through an extensive review process and ultimately be approved by the ATP Board of Directors. …read more

Source:: ATP World