Due to the virus, the Cincinnati Open (played in NY) and US Open don’t have any lines people; but are using mechanical (HawkEye) line calls. Could that mean when the virus is over, that the sport will totally convert to using machines only? And, the virus has already impacted planned Florida tournaments.
How It Works
In NY, all courts have the Hawkeye technology, with cameras on every line and the computer analyzing the in/out call. If it is determined that the ball is out, the machine quickly calls “OUT” and play stops.
It appears that the on-court screens show the call (or only close calls?). While the players do NOT have any official challenges allocated to them, they can ask to see the video, and the chair umpire CAN over-rule the machine call.
Faster or Slower?
This process takes away the players raising their hands to indicate they want to challenge the human line caller and see what the machine shows. So that facet should speed up the game.
But since the chair umpire can over-rule the machine, won’t that bring us back to John McEnroe pleading with the chair when they DON’T overrule, “You can’t be serious!”???
So, which way is better… machines or people calling the lines?
Florida Tournament Updates:
Mark Taylor, USTA Florida, reports: the USTA Florida Adult State Championships which were scheduled for October @ Ballen Isles in Palm Beach Gardens have been cancelled.
And the popular, late November Longboat Key tournament director Tom Scovil says, “At the moment, it does not look good for us to hold the tournament. Last year, with 340 players, we needed a good number of external courts. These problems, along with the general virus rules and restrictions that would be hard to enforce, makes holding the tournament very difficult to imagine. We are holding out hope but the possibilities are slim.”
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