Instant replays for US tournaments

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  • Wednesday, 08 Mar 2006

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.” 

The 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. – AFP 

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