Monfils on time violations: Just let me dry my hands

by: Matt Cronin | February 25, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Tags: Gael Monfils

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Gael Monfils says that while he is favor of the ATP’s 25-second 'time-between-points' rule, he is not completely in favor of its strict enforcement.

The ATP, with the support of the Players’ Council, has decided to strictly enforce the rule this year, which has led to complaints by some players. In Doha, Monfils argued with an umpire about a time violation warning he received.

“I think I let down my concentration (after the time violation),” Monfils told reporters. “Because I think I was up 1-0, and as I told the umpire 'I’m fit. I’m not (breathing heavy) at all. And if I’m taking time, it’s because I’m just trying to dry my hands. So actually, it’s not a violation.'”

The Frenchman then added: “It’s a bit tough. We’ve been without it in tennis for a long time and then they give you new rules like this. Actually, I like it because I’m the type of player who plays with his physique. So it’s cool if you have a shorter time to recover, I’m happy with that. … If it’s like 10 seconds, I’d be happier, because I don’t know any players that can run and get back in 10 seconds. I think I’d be one of the best to do that. So I think the umpire has to judge if the guy is really taking time because he’s tired or whatever or he’s taking maybe two or three seconds more because of ball kids or whatever.”

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Fourth-seeded Nick Kyrgios upset by qualifier Nicolas Kicker in Lyon

Earlier, sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat lucky loser Quentin Halys of France. 

Madison Keys aiming to kick-start her season at French Open

Keys missed the first two months of the year after undergoing surgery on her left wrist. 

Maria Sharapova gets another wild card, will play Rogers Cup in August

The Russian was denied entry into the French Open, and will qualify at Wimbledon.