The tennis traditionalists have ruled the day and are NOT using the Hawk Eye (or similar camera-aided systems) to solve a disputed line call. Instead, the chair umpire climbs down and runs to the line to look at a mark and make their decision – which is frequently still challenged by the losing player.
Granted, the computer-camera system is not perfect either; but the players have come to accept its “verdict” on in/out and saved a lot of useless discussion time.
Clear Old Marks
OK, if you are NOT going to use the cameras, why don’t the ball kids come out on every change over and use their feet to erase all marks that are close to a line? That way, at least the player and the umpire will have much less confusion as to “which is the right mark?”.
How About Us?
And while we senior hackers are playing, why don’t more people simply erase marks that are close to the lines; so they too can make better, more accurate line calls?
What do you think?
Hip Surgery Update
On Friday, I was able to meet with Dr. Zehr, who does the front/anterior hip replacement surgery … and was accepted/approved to move forward! And… we now have a replacement surgery date in just TEN DAYS of May 9th!!
Thanks to all friends who have urged me to …
- Get it done as soon as possible and,
- Get it done using the dramatically less invasive front/anterior approach.
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