While “instant replay” has frustrated some fans and traditionalists, it has helped to “get it right” in many sports. So, why are the clay court tournaments still having the umpire climb down from the chair and search for the correct mark to make a (sometimes) correct line call?
One Pro’s View
USPTA Elite Professional Alan Anastos writes,
“Hey George. I’m writing to talk about line calls. All too often the humans get it wrong. This needs to stop. There’s too much on the line (no pun intended) not to utilize the technology that’s available.
“We’ve all seen the outcome of matches determined by faulty calls. It need not happen. At Roland Garros, the umpires climbed down from the chair to find marks and they sometimes missed the mark and called it wrong. Players pointed out marks (sometimes they were right, sometimes wrong) and pleaded their case. Not winning that debate, even if the camera showed that the ump got it wrong.
“I believe all ATP and WTA tournaments should use the camera and get rid of lines people. If it’s not possible on all courts, they should use it from the quarters to the finals. I expect it will happen one day. I hope to see it.
“P.S. Fed needs to win Wimbledon. Rafa is ever closer in his rear view mirror!”
Alan Anastos, USPTA Elite Professional
Erase The Marks
Alan, I am also a believer in the value and argument-stopping technology. But even short of that, why don’t the ball kids erase all marks near the lines on EVERY changeover? That would help reduce the error of pointing to the wrong marks. Why don’t all of us senior hackers also erase old marks near the lines to help make better calls?
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