Wednesday, March 08, 2006

US tennis to launch instant replay

New York: The US Tennis Association and the ATP and WTA Tours announced on Monday that tournaments in North America will begin using instant replay starting at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami on March 22.

The 2006 US Open will be the first Grand Slam to use instant replay to double-check officiating. Hawk-Eye Officiating will be implemented in Miami, which hosts an elite men’s Masters Series and women’s WTA Tier One event.

"It’s not only a way of better officiating, it’s also a great way to stimulate interest and to retain the sense of strategy and jeopardy in the sport," ATP chairman Etienne de Villiers said.

"To me it was always crazy that with modern GPS technology, we could tell where a person is within to yard or a meter on Planet Earth, and yet we can’t tell whether a tennis ball is in and out. So technology is going to help us do that."

They system will be based on player challenges. Each player will receive two challenges per set to review line calls. If he is correct, he will retain the same number of challenges, but if he is incorrect, one will be lost.

In addition, each player will receive one additional challenge in tiebreakers, but challenges may not be carried over from one set to another.

"Introducing this technology will make our sport more TV and fan friendly," WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott said. "Given the stakes in professional tennis, the ability to have more accurate line calls that can change a match is great news for players."

Gayle Bradshaw, the ATP’s administrator for rules and competition, said replays will not be intrusive.

"There’s going to be two video boards on the center court that will be visible by the players, the chair umpire and all the spectators," Bradshaw said.



Blogger Tennis Hottie said...

I think the replay will be beneficial, as long as they only have the three challenges. if it weren't limited then it would be too chaotic. We'll see if there are any big stories about replay at the US Open. i just want Nadal to win so i can win my Raquet Bracket tournament on the Tennis Channel.

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