Skip to content

Carlos Alcaraz plans ATP talks over 'new' shot clock rule after defeat at Queen's Club

Carlos Alcaraz plans to speak to the ATP about a "new" shot clock rule being trialled by the governing body; you can watch the Berlin Open and Halle, exclusively live on Sky Sports Tennis this week

Carlos Alcaraz is distracted by an insect during his match against Jack Draper (not pictured) on day six of the cinch Championships at The Queen's Club, London. Picture date: Thursday June 20, 2024.
Image: Carlos Alcaraz plans ATP talks over 'new' shot clock rule after his defeat to Jack Draper at Queen's Club

Carlos Alcaraz said he would speak to the ATP about a "new" shot clock rule being trialled after feeling rushed during his defeat by Jack Draper at Queen's Club.

Alcaraz's preparations for his Wimbledon title defence suffered a setback with a shock 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 loss to new British No 1 Draper in the last 16 in front of his home crowd.

The 25-second shot clock was previously started only when the chair umpire called the score but the tweak to the rule in the trial means that the countdown to a serve begins almost immediately after a point is concluded.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Jack Draper claimed the biggest win of his career with a straight-sets victory over defending champion Alcaraz at Queen's Club

The new regulation, aimed at streamlining game flow and ensuring consistent time management, has been on trial since the French Open concluded and it is believed the trial will continue in ATP tournaments until the end of the season.

Alcaraz said that he had no time to go through his regular routine during the match and that he had expressed his concerns to chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani.

"He told me that there is a new rule, this new thing, that the clock never stops. After the point is finished, the clock is putting on," the world No 2 said.

"I think for the players it's something bad. I finish the point at the net and I had no time to ask for balls. I'm not saying to go to a towel and take my time. I feel like I can't ask for the balls.

Also See:

"It's crazy. I have time just to ask for two balls and no bounces. I've never seen something like that in tennis.

"If you play a long point or finish at the net, you have time just to go for a towel or ask for your routine, ask for, in my case, four balls, I'm concentrating on the next point, just bouncing my bounces and serve as best as I can.

"Today I felt like I was in a rush all the time. I had no time to bounce and do my routine."

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Draper said there is no place he'd rather be right now than at Queen's Club

The umpires are understood to have the ability to pause the shot clocks in the event of disruptions beyond player or tournament control.

French Open champion Alcaraz was asked if he had spoken to the governing body.

"Not yet, but I will, for sure," said the Spaniard, who will now head to Wimbledon, which begins on July 1 having only played two grass matches.

What's coming up on Sky Sports Tennis?

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Find out all the ways to watch tennis on Sky Sports, including the US Open, ATP and WTA tours

In the run-up to the third Grand Slam of 2024 - Wimbledon - you can watch all of the biggest tennis stars in action live on Sky Sports as they compete across the grass-court season.

  • Berlin Open (WTA 500) - June 17-23
  • Halle (ATP 500) - June 17-23
  • Mallorca Championships (ATP 250) - June 23-29
  • Bad Homburg (WTA 500) - June 23-29

Watch the WTA and ATP Tours throughout 2024 on Sky Sports Tennis. Stream Sky Sports Tennis and more with a NOW Sports Month Membership. No contract, cancel anytime.

Around Sky