So, how many disputed line calls were there during the red clay French Open? In today’s tech world, there are new (and old) ways to solve that problem.
Hawk Eye Technology
After a line call dispute, the TV networks usually show the Hawk Eye image of the mark and either confirm what the chair umpire has ruled – or show they have made a mistake. So why doesn’t the tournament just use the available technology to make the call in the first place and avoid the arguments? I think they should!
According to commentator Jim Courier some of the disputes and differences come from “the fact” (according to him) that, when the ball hits the court, it spreads the clay and that can be what the on-court mark shows (different from what the Hawk Eye image shows).
Which Mark is It?
Another frequent dispute comes from players claiming the umpire is looking at the wrong mark. So, here is a real easy solution to avoid most of these arguments ….
On every court change over, have the ball kids come onto the court and use their foot to rub out every mark that is close to the baseline, sidelines, and service lines. Therefore, when the ball lands close to the line, it would create a new, stand-alone mark to review.
How about YOU, keep the tradition of coming from the chair to review marks or use new technology?
P.S. And how about the Polish teenager Iga and the incredible Spaniard on his home of red clay?!
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