Players looking back to file a claim after a controversial decision at the Australian Open will not see anyone.
For the first time in a Grand Slam tournament, there will be no rangers at any of the tournament stadiums. The goal is to reduce the number of employees who will be at the facilities, amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Only players, referees and ball boys will be on the court.
The organization Tennis Australia, which organizes the competition, announced on Wednesday that it will use technology to determine whether the ball has left the court. These systems will be based on votes recorded and activated by the movement, which will penalize “out”, “foul” or “foot foul” in matches held during the tournament, from February 8 to 21.
The marking will be based on the telemetry cameras that will be located around the field and which will send a signal to send the signal by voice, practically simultaneously.
“The Australian Open will be the first Grand Slam to offer online and live electronic marking technology on all stadiums, including major stadiums,” said tournament director Craig Tiley.
The new system will mean fewer complaints from players and waste less time on replays on giant stadium screens.
“Tough decisions will automatically appear on the giant screen, with shots ending in points,” tournament organizers said in a separate statement received by The Associated Press. “This will automatically cover plays where there was a maximum distance of 150mm in a shot from the line during exchange or 50mm in transmission.
“If a player requests to see the shot that ends a point and is not displayed in an animated and automatic manner, the action may be stopped if the president’s referee considers that replays can be reviewed. The game will not continue until the shot appears on the giant screen.”
Last year at the US Open, Novak Djokovic was disqualified during his fourth round match for accidentally injuring an assistant official. During that tournament, technology was used to locate plays in the surrounding stadiums but there were human judges in the main stadiums.