London - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and Australian Open
champion Stanislas Wawrinka have joined calls Monday for on-court clocks to be
installed to clamp down on Wimbledon time-wasters.
claimed she was the latest victim of the growing problem as she crashed
out against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, the unseeded Czech who claimed
another famous scalp to move into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 7-5
Danish 16th seed Wozniacki was unhappy with the length of
time Zahlavova Strycova took between points, claiming the Czech's
routine stopped her establishing any rhythm.
"I thought she was
very slow. But I guess the referee, she has the time on it. If she's
within the time, I guess it's okay. It's up to the referee or up to the
umpire to say if she is or not," said the Dane.
She also agreed
with Roger Federer's opinion that clocks may have to be installed on
court to hurry up the slower players, with the seven-time Wimbledon
champion fearing that the pedestrian pace of some matches could lead to
fans turning their backs on the sport.
"I wouldn't mind. I think
that's fine. You have a clock. It shows exactly how much time you take
in between points," said Wozniacki.
Wozniacki's calls were echoed
by reigning Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who cruised to a
6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin in his delayed third round match.
"I think it would be interesting and good to see," Wawrinka said.
can see so many players taking too much time and they don't get
anything from the umpire. The only time they get something, then they
come back to the press conference complaining about the umpire.
"One year ago, the ATP started to have a strict 25-second rule, but it was for what? For nothing.
can see some players taking more time than the 25 seconds, getting one
time violation, that's it. Sometimes the average time is 28 or 30
"I think if you want to put a rule, then put it strict
for all the players. That's the only way because the umpire, if they are
on small court, they're going to give a time violation. But if they're
on Centre Court, they're not going to give it."
However, Zahlavova Strycova believes clocks are not necessary as the final call should remain with the chair umpire.
like to take time between points, but the referee didn't tell me
anything about it, so I was continuing in my rhythm," said the Czech
player who has made the last-eight at a major for the first time at her
"So if the referee would tell me speed up or hurry
up on your serve, I would maybe change it. But I didn't get any warning
or something like that, so I was just following the rhythm I had."
comments over slow play came just hours after world number one Rafael
Nadal, notorious for his lengthy breaks between each point, had been
criticised for time-wasting by Lukas Rosol following the Spaniard's
second round victory.
Nadal took an average of 25 seconds to resume play when the maximum allowed in the sport's rulebook is 20 seconds.