Novak Djokovic doesn’t have to worry about an assistant referee inadvertently hitting the ball at the upcoming US Open – it just won’t happen.
The US Tennis Association (USTA) and its two major professional tournaments, ATP and WTA, announced Monday that the Hawk-Eye will be used throughout the competition and in seven of the nine US Open tournaments preceding it, including the National National. An open bank in Montreal and Toronto.
A year ago, the USTA used the robotic system, using only line men on the two main courts, Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong.
During a fourth-round match last year with Pablo Carreno Busta, Djokovic was kicked out of the tournament for hitting his throat with a ball after losing a match.
Tournament referee Soeren Friemel ruled that the match – and Djokovic’s tournament – would end immediately.
Then Carino Busta led 6-5 in the first set.
“We all agree he didn’t do it on purpose,” Freemel said. But the facts still stand: the assistant referee was visibly injured. ”
The Australian Open, which Djokovic won in February, had no assistant.
Unsurprisingly, Djokovic agreed with this decision.
“I am in favor of using technology.” He said in Melbourne Park, when asked about the shortage of line personnel, “I think it has proven very accurate. I don’t understand why we would need line workers if we had technology like this.”
In addition to Montreal and Toronto, the US Open tournaments that will exclusively use Hawk-Eye technology to judge balls fair or out of play are those in Atlanta, Washington, Cincinnati, Winston Salem, North Carolina and Cleveland.
The US Open kicks off on August 30th.