Andy Murray won’t be rushed, but the former No. 1 is wound up over what he feels is the annoying concept of a shot clock in tennis.
The on-court countdown designed to insure that players stay within the 20-second deadline to begin serve has always been a thorne in the side of Scotland’s treble Grand Slam winner.
“I don’t think the shot clock has worked as well as hoped in terms of speeding up the matches.
“Sometimes someone like Rafa – and I would do it myself while I’m playing – you look to the clock to see how much time you have left,” Murray said on a social media broadcast.
‘Often players are taking longer between the points when they don’t have to. They’re going through their routine and making sure they start bouncing the ball when there’s 10 or seven seconds left.
“Sometimes although a match can be long, the amount of time that’s used between the points can also contribute to the length of the match.”
While he has little time for the clock on court, Murray is less ticked off with the latest COVID-19 rule change in the sport – keeping player towels and ballkids well apart during matches.
Gone are the days when youngsters would have to dish out an unsanitary already-used personal towel on demand – often between every single point for some idiocentric competitors.
But due to the virus pandemic, each player is now responsible for his own towel, which is stored in its individual container at each end of the court.
‘I don’t think there should be an expectation that the ball kids should help with the towels,’ Murray said, adding that the “self-service” concept might also be slowing down the pace of play.
“I’d be fine when things go back to normal that players are responsible for their towels.
‘With players now having to go and get their towels and being in a routine every point, because the towels are not brought to us we’re walking to the back of the court to towel down.
‘Sometimes the pace of play is a little bit slow. Tennis needs to try and start speeding up.”