Lleyton Hewitt no fan of strict time crackdown

Hewitt added that the ATP, which runs the men's game, did not do the best job of communicating the crackdown to players either.

updated: January 10, 2013 12:49 IST
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Melbourne: Kooyong Classic finalist Lleyton Hewitt is no fan of a new time crackdown instigated this season by the ATP, with warnings and even point penalties starting to flow on court for slow play.

The Australian criticised the inflexibility of strict enforcement of the longstanding rule which limits the time between points to 25 seconds in ATP events and just 20 at Grand Slams, starting at the Australian Open from Monday.

"I thought it went over the top in Brisbane (last week)," Hewitt said on Thursday. "I've never gotten time a violation that I can recall, and I'm not fast by any means.

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