Toronto tournament a test for shot-clock innovation

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This week’s Toronto Masters is serving as a test bed for a time-saving shot-clock innovation, with Wimbledon semi-finalist John Isner fully on board with the idea.

A trial run of the 25-second on-court countdown clock which began last week at the ATP-WTA tournament in Washington will run through the U.S. Open, with the Tours then expected to make decisions about continuing the innovation.

Eighth-seed Isner is confident the plan will work well and will not be a source of extra tension or distraction for players.

“I played the one match with the shot clock, and I didn’t find it to be an issue at all,” the American said on Monday.

The clock is designed to prevent time-wasting and maintain a regular pace of play.

The wide-scale experiment will end with the ATP and WTA ruling on whether to keep using it.

Bradshaw, a former chair umpire, said that leeway is built into the system to account for delays from the likes of crowd noise and player injury time outs.AFP

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