The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has decided to do away with line-officials and bring in the Hawk-Eye Live system for all hardcourt Masters 1000 events that will take place this year. The live-calling system – which makes instantaneous decisions on balls that are long or wide – was first featured at the tune-up events in Australia, along with the Australian Open.
The decision to introduce the Live system came because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic and players, including World No.1 Novak Djokovic, have in the past called for the change in order to remove the human error element in line-calls.
Hawk-Eye Live to be used at Wimbledon 2021
The traditional Wimbledon sight of well-dressed line judges calling balls in or out may not be seen this summer. For the first time in the 144-year history of the championships after Tim Henman revealed that the installation of an automated electronic officiating system is being considered because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Henman, the former British No 1, who is now a high-profile member of the All England Club’s committee, would prefer that human officials are able to take up their usual positions on the grass courts of SW1, but has conceded that this is dependent on numbers permitted inside the grounds. In a normal year, there are about 300 line judges on a rota to cover 18 courts for two weeks.