As the most progressive major of all four, the US Open is adding a new feature almost every year. One new addition this year is the serve clock.
Every match court has one for singles and doubles and players are getting used to seeing the seconds tick down as they prepare for their match.
Between points the chair umpire starts the 25-second clock right after or a few seconds after the previous point has finished.
Some players, like Nick Kyrgios, don’t even come close to using the 25 seconds. But I notice most players let it tick down to 10 or 8 seconds before they start their service motion. Many say they are relieved to see how much time they have left before they need to serve.
We don’t have a serve clock ticking at Bonita Bay Club but taking your time before you serve has huge benefits.
I sometimes see players rushing from point to point without slowing down to connect with their partner or think about the serve strategy for the next point. Rushing makes you physically and mentally tired.
Remember, just like the pros, you have 25 seconds to plan your next point and establish team unity with your partner.
Skipping that part can make you anxious and unsure. Catch your breath and slow down.
This might be a game changer for your fall matches this season.
Assistant Director of Sports