Berdych supports on-court clock for time violations
Tomas Berdych once again lashed out at the enforcement of the ATP's 25-second time violation rule and says he’s in favor of an on-court clock.
“I don't like it. I'm not a fan of it,” Berdych told reporters in Dubai. “I don't see any single reason why to have this rule. What could be positive on this? What could work? What could be advantage? If they want to go like that, then I think there should be more clarity about what's going on, because (the way it is now) the referee has so much power on you. He can do whatever he wants. He has a bad day, he doesn't like you, 24 seconds and you go. Let's put the clock there, and then everybody goes by the clock. Simple as that if they want to go straight.”
Berdych received a warning during his second-round victory over Tobias Kamke. He added that it’s not always the players fault when there is a delay.
“It's really inconsistent. It's not a matter of only my serve. I mean, what should I do with the ball boy? Should I run to pick up the ball instead of him or what should I do? You just stand there waiting for the ball, just waiting for the guy. What you can do? The time is running. And then the referee tells me: ‘Hey, I will talk to them, they are slow. But first I have to give you a warning’. How is this working? First they should talk to the ball boys to be faster and then tell me, that I’m doing late.”