WTA confirm introduction of shot-clock as part of Premier events rules revamp
The WTA has confirmed it is introducing a shot-clock at all Premier events starting with the 2019 season.
The shot-clock innovation has not been unanimously well-received after being trialled by both the ATP and WTA during the 2018 US hard-court season.
However, it is set to become a fixture on the WTA tour now.
The timer will be visible on court-side screens and will give a 25-second countdown, during which the serving player must commence the point.
The ATP are yet to reveal whether they will adopt it full-time, although the Australian Open will.
In addition to the shot-clock introduction, WTA players will be allowed a minute before the toss, five minutes for the warm-up and a minute between the warm-up and the start of play.
Players will also be allowed just one bathroom break during play, instead of the two allowed under the WTA’s previous rule.
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