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Considering Change: ATP's Next Gen Experiments (Part 2)
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In Friday’s article, players and others at the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Champaign Illinois weighed in on some of the innovations tested at this month’s ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, including all-electronic line calling, a serve clock, shortened sets and no-ad scoring.

In today’s article, they look at playing lets on serve, a reduction in medical timeouts, and loosening of restrictions on coaching and fan movement during games.

Bjorn Fratangelo Likes The Drama of Playing Lets
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Milan was not the first experiment with playing service lets in professional tennis. A three-month trial on the Challenger level was launched back in 2013, but player resistance kept it from being adopted.

Pro Tennys Sandgren, who played lets both in his two years at the University of Tennessee and during that three-month span, didn’t care for it.

“I’m not a big fan of playing lets, because somebody always gets screwed,” Sandgren said. “There are different net tensions and you get different reactions from week to week. To make a big change like that, that adds chaos to the game. I don’t know if that’s the best call or not, although I see the arguments for both. But you want to mitigate as much random chance as you can.”

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