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Aussie Open to punish underperforming players

Author
Charlie Bristow,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Nov 2017, 9:59AM
Roger Federer won this year's Australian Open. (Photo \ Photosport)
Roger Federer won this year's Australian Open. (Photo \ Photosport)

Aussie Open to punish underperforming players

Author
Charlie Bristow,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Nov 2017, 9:59AM

Under performing players will receive half of their first round prize money at this year's Grand Slams.

The Grand Slam Board has passed a new rule that could penalise those who retire or play below their professional standards.

It comes off the back of a disappointing showing in the early rounds of Wimbledon, where there were a total of eight retirements over the first two days of this year's Championships.

The Aussie Open will be the first Grand Slam to use a shot clock, that ensures players serve within 25 seconds.

Previously players were allowed 20 seconds between points but the time permitted will be increased to 25 seconds, bringing them into line with the men's tour.

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