• Hewitt lashes out at tennis time crackdown

    1/13/13 3:24 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Hewitt lashes out at tennis time crackdown Australian Lleyton Hewitt is no fan of the new time crackdown instigated this season by the ATP, with warning and even point penalties starting to flow on court for slow play.

    The local icon criticised the inflexibility of strict enforcement of the long-standing rule which limits the time between points to 25 seconds on the ATP and a mere 20 at the Grand Slams, starting with the Australian Open from Monday.

    "I thought it went over the top in Brisbane (last week)," Hewitt said. "I've never gotten time violation that I can recall, and I'm not fast by any means, but it made us all think about it (the rule) and that's not a good thing for tennis. The game is hard enough as it is without that on your mind.

    "It's something a player should not have to worry about. It was in my mind playing Brisbane and should not have been."

    Hewitt added that the ATP did not do the best job of communicating the crackdown to players either. "I first heard the news at the net for my Brisbane doubles, it was the first I'd heard of it, but perhaps I don't check my email enough."

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