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ATP reveal new time violation penalty

ATP reveal new time violation penalty
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The ATP announces alterations to the time penalty that is currently in place in the men's game.

The ATP have announced changes to the time violation penalty in the men's game.

Currently the rule is that the players receive a warning if they take too long between points. If the offence is committed for a second time then there is a point penalty for both the server and the receiver.

However, under the new guidelines, a warning will once again be initially issued.

The change will come after the second violation, where the penalty will be a fault for the server and a point for the receiver.

"There's been a lot of discussion about the amount of time taken between points," said ATP executive chairman and president Brad Drewett. "We believe this modification will give officials a useful tool and allow for more consistent enforcement of the current time violation rule."

The changes will take place at the start of 2013.

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