As a principle, play should be continuous, from the time the match starts (when the
first service of the match is put in play) until the match finishes.
a. Between points, a maximum of twenty (20) seconds is allowed. When the
players change ends at the end of a game, a maximum of ninety (90) seconds
are allowed. However, after the first game of each set and during a tie-break
game, play shall be continuous and the players shall change ends without a
rest. At the end of each set there shall be a set break of a maximum of one hundred
and twenty (120) seconds. The maximum time starts from the moment that one point finishes until the first service is
struck for the next point. Event organizers may apply for ITF approval to extend the ninety (90)
seconds allowed when the players change ends at the end of a game and the
one hundred and twenty (120) seconds allowed at a set break.
b. If, for reasons outside the player’s control, clothing, footwear or necessary
equipment (excluding the racket) is broken or needs to be replaced, the player
may be allowed reasonable extra time to rectify the problem.
c. No extra time shall be given to allow a player to recover condition. However,
a player suffering from a treatable medical condition may be allowed one
medical time-out of three minutes for the treatment of that medical condition.
A limited number of toilet/change of attire breaks may also be allowed, if this
is announced in advance of the event.
d. Event organizers may allow a rest period of a maximum of ten (10) minutes if
this is announced in advance of the event. This rest period can be taken after
the 3rd set in a best of 5 sets match, or after the 2nd set in a best of 3 sets
e. The warm-up time shall be a maximum of five (5) minutes, unless otherwise
decided by the event organizers.