Economist: The new serve clock in tennis appears to backfiring

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At the Economist Game Theory blog, I wrote about the early effects of the new serve clock. The outwardly stricter time policy didn’t speed up Rafael Nadal, nor did it cut down match times in general over its first two weeks:

The Toronto champion wasn’t the only player who slowed down once on the clock. At each of the completed tournaments where the serve clock has been used—Toronto, Montreal, San Jose, and Washington, D.C.—the average point took longer in 2018 than it did in 2017, without the clock. The differences varied from 0.3 seconds per point at the women’s event San Jose (an event that was held in nearby Stanford last year) to 2.0 seconds at the men’s competition in Washington.

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