Which rule would you like changed?
Nick Bollettieri: Scrap the let cord.
“Getting rid of the let cord would speed the game up – they do that at the moment in American college tennis. The ball could bounce anywhere and the players would have to play everything. I would be keener on that change than on getting rid of the second serve. I think giving a player just one serve would make tennis very boring. It would mean that everyone would just play safe and just concentrate on getting the ball in.
“I wouldn’t advise that, and I also wouldn’t advise getting rid of the on-court warm-up. Without a warm-up, there would be a greater risk of injury, and I also think that you would end up with slower, less intense starts to matches. A warm-up allows opponents who haven’t played each other before to study each other before the match. Take the warm-up away, and they will do the studying in the match.”
Richard Evans, of Fox Sports: Reduce the warm-up from five minutes to three.
“Cut warm-up period to three minutes flat and have players warm up properly on an adjacent court. This would increase pressure on tournaments to make top four or five courts identical which they are often not now. Also, keep stricter time allowed between points, including ball bouncing, but have umpires use common sense after 30-stroke rallies. Eliminate ATP ranking points for Davis Cup. Unfair on several counts. And create two-week Davis Cup finals bonanza to increase understanding, visibility and revenue of one of the great team competitions.”
Doug Robson, of USA Today: No drinks or towelling off during tiebreaks.
“I can’t stand that players stop and take a drink, towel off, etc., during changeovers on tiebreaks. This is supposed to be continuous play. Or how about requiring on line challenges to verbally say ‘I challenge’ as opposed to a hand, head or racket gesture? Or a coin toss for the final set (third or fifth) to decide who serves?”
Simon Cambers, of The Tennis Space: Don’t let players take towels to the back of the court.
“Unlike a lot people, I have absolutely no problem with the time taken between points because the points themselves are absolutely brutal. But when a player hits an ace, or is aced, for example, and then goes to the towel, it’s an utter waste of time. It’s just for routine and habit and looks stupid.”
Jonathan Overend, of the BBC: Scrap the knock-up.
“The tennis knock-up is the most unfathomable waste of time. Let’s scrap this unnecessary and, let’s admit it, inexplicable charade. In how many other elite sports do opponents help each other warm-up? Yes, we need several attempts to get the ball over the net when we’re at the local park, but shouldn’t pros be properly prepared so they’re ready from the start? The majority already are. They just have to go through the motions because that’s the way it always has been.
“The argument in favour of the knock-up says players need to get a ‘feel’ for the ball, the strings and court. This is understandable; they may look a bit average if they don’t get their five minutes of forehand pampering. Egos will take a hit. So what if it takes players a little longer than usual to develop their ‘feel’ and get into the match?”