There will be new rules at the Next Gen Finals taking place between the 9-13 November in Milan. What do we think about them?
The ATP and the FIT (Italian Tennis Federation) has announced new rules at Next Gen Finals in Milan. The idea of the tournament is to highlights the most exciting talents at age 21 and under. Like during every other year this event has been staged, the rules are different to experiment with ways to speed up the game.
Most things are not new, such as:
- First-to-4, Best-of-5 Set Matches
- No-Ad Scoring
- Free Fan Movement
- Live Electronic Line Calling
- Shot Clock
- Video Review
- Towel Racks
Shorter Warmups: Down from 4 minutes to 1.
Courtside Coaching: Coaching opened up from the side-lines. No more headsets.
Net Cams: Your front-row seat, right at the heart of the action.
Limited Medical Time-Outs: One per player per match.
Timed Bathroom Breaks: Max 3 minutes (+ up to 2 for change of attire).
Ross Hutchins, Tournament Director says: “This event has always been about pushing the boundaries and trialling new ideas. Ultimately, we want to continue improving the experience for our fans. It has become an incredible platform to spotlight the next generation of superstars coming up in the game, with several of the concepts we’ve tested going on to be adopted on the Tour. We’re thrilled to continue that journey of innovation in Milan.”
What do we think about these changes?
I think the what we’ve seen adopted to the tour is no-ad scoring in doubles (but that was there before, right?), electronic line calling, shot clock and towel racks. I’m personally not a huge fan of changing the brilliant scoring format of tennis, but I do like the on-court coaching that will give us insight into how players think.
The no-ad scoring is not ideal to me either, because I don’t think everything in life needs to be boiled down to a shorter format. The tennis scoring system is one of the beauties of the sport and we rarely suffer from matches being too long. It’s rather the opposite: longer matches build drama and gets the audience invested.
Why do we watch 3-hour podcasts and 7-season Netflix series instead of movies? Not everything needs to be a TikTok, if you know what I mean.
Okay, maybe I’m a salty middle-aged guy. Let me know what you think about these format changes.