London: Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka joined calls yesterday for on-court clocks to be installed to clamp down on Wimbledon time-wasters.
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns to Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova during their fourth round tie. Pic/AFP.
Wozniacki was unhappy with the length of time Barbora Zahlavova Strycova took between points, claiming the Czech’s routine disturbed her rhythm. “I thought she was very slow. But I guess the referee, she has the time on it. If she’s within the time, I guess it’s okay. It’s up to the umpire to say if she is or not,” she said.
She also agreed with Roger Federer’s opinion that clocks may have to be installed on court to hurry up the slower players.
Wozniacki’s calls were echoed by Stan Wawrinka, who cruised to a straight sets win over Denis Istomin.
“You can see so many players taking too much time and they don't get anything from the umpire. The only time they get something, then they come back to the press conference complaining about the umpire.”