Electronic line-calling will be in operation again at next month’s Australian Open and the various lead-in tournaments as part of Tennis Australia’s CovidSafe plan. This year’s Melbourne Park event, which was postponed until February, was the first grand slam to replace linespeople on every court with Hawk-Eye Live technology.
Electronic line-calling was first trialed at the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2017 as the next step of Hawk-Eye technology and is advantageous in the Covid-19 climate because it limits the number of people on the court. Players are also less likely to vigorously challenge a call when human error is removed.
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Australian Open boss Craig Tiley believes Melbourne Park will be one of the safest places in the world in January because of the strict Covid protocols in place. Those protocols include all ball kids being fully vaccinated against the virus, as is the case for anyone attending or competing at the event who is aged at least 12 years and two months. Players are also expected to be responsible for their own towels as well, as was the case with this year’s Open.