Grand Slams plans to cut seeds from 32 to 16 in 2019

Grand Slam tournaments are intending to come back to seeding just 16 players, rather than 32, starting at 2019, and now will give a player who is a late withdrawal as a result of damage 50 percent of the first-round prize cash.

Additionally among the declarations by the Grand Slam Board on Tuesday following two days of gatherings in London a week ago:

– A player who resigns from a first-round match or "performs underneath proficient principles" could confront a fine as high as the whole prize cash due a failure in that round.

Grand Slam Tennis


– A 25-second serve check will be gone for at the Australian Open in January, however like at the current year's U.S. Open, not amid fundamental draw matches.


– Players could be fined up to $20,000 for disregarding "entirely implemented" prematch timing, which will give them one moment to meet at the net in the wake of strolling on the court, five minutes for warming up, trailed by one moment to be prepared for play to start.

The four Grand Slam tournaments 

The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open – multiplied the quantity of seeded players to 32 in June 2001. 

That choice was made mostly because of dissensions from earth court pros that they needed more draw assurance at Wimbledon, the main significant competition played on grass.

Backpedaling to 16 seeds in 2019 would, in principle at any rate, make early bombshells more probable. That is on account of if the greater part of the most elevated positioned players enter the field, whoever is No. 1 could end up confronting whoever is No. 17 in the opening round.

With 32 seeds, none was compelled to play somebody positioned higher than No. 33 preceding the third round.

The progressions as to first-round withdrawals, retirements and absence of full exertion give off an impression of being because of what occurred at Wimbledon this year.


Novak Djokovic's first-round match at Center Court kept going all of 40 minutes, and Roger Federer's went 43, preceding their rivals quit playing in light of prior wounds. 

Two other men additionally ceased mid-coordinate that day, conveying the first-round retirement aggregate to seven and starting exchange about whether onlookers were being scammed.

The lead changes issued Tuesday, and producing results one year from now, let players gather half of the first-round prize cash at a Grand Slam competition on the off chance that they are "unfit to play" and pull back nearby evening on Thursday yet before the primary draw starts. 

The individual supplanting them in the field – a "fortunate failure" who neglected to progress out of the qualifying rounds – will get the other portion of that cash, in addition to whatever they may collect by winning matches.

The thinking

Injured or sick players won't begin a match essentially to gather their prize cash before stopping.



The 25-second serve clock gives players 5 a bigger number of seconds than ATP manages as of now permit on the men's visit. 

Be that as it may, Grand Slam Board Director Bill Babcock said the time will be utilized at the 2018 Australian Open on a trial premise the way it was at the U.S. Open, which tried it just for occasions, for example, qualifying and junior matches.

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