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Tennis: Wimbledon targets using serve clock at 2020 tournament

AP , Tuesday 30 Apr 2019
Serbia's Novak Djokovic serves to South Africa's Kevin Anderson during the men's singles final match, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Sunday July 15, 2018 AP
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Wimbledon is ''highly likely'' at the 2020 tournament to introduce a serve clock for players that debuted in Grand Slams at last year's US Open.

Tournament CEO Richard Lewis detailed the timetable at a news conference on Tuesday which announced a near-12% raise in prize money for the July 1-14 edition.

Lewis says the clock would be ''not a rule change, just a visible device on the court to manage the rule.''

Players have 25 seconds to prepare after a point for the next first serve. They are first warned, then assessed a fault for the second violation.

Wimbledon will have a 38 million pounds ($49.5 million) prize fund this year and give the men's and women's singles champions a 4.4% raise to 2.35 million pounds ($3.06 million).

First-round losers get a 15% raise to 45,000 pounds ($58,600).

Wimbledon's No. 1 court will have a new retractable roof and increased capacity of 12,345.

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