US Open largely without straighteners: hawk-eye sees everything

The traditional line funnel will be largely replaced at the US Open by hawk-eye, the electronic control system, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times reports

The New York Grand Lamb Tournament takes this decision to have as few people on the tennis courts as possible, thus minimizing the risk of corona virus infection.

This means that on fifteen of the seventeen match courts of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center will be played without line judges. By means of automatically generated voice sounds like ‘out’, ‘mistake’ and ‘foot fault‘ the decisions of hawk-eye will be announced.

Minor officials

The measure ensures that the number of officials during the tournament, which lasts from 31 August to 13 September, can be reduced from 350 to 100.

Also, at the Cincinnati Master Tournament, which will be played in the US Open from 20 August due to the corona pandemic, the electronic eye will largely take over the work of the line judge.

Not for the first time

By the way, it’s not the first time hawk-eye has completely taken over the line judge’s work. This is also applied in the NextGen Finals (a year-end tournament for players under the age of 22) and World TeamTennis (an American tennis competition in which many professional tennis players participate).