How Realistic Is Novak Djokovic’s Call For Tennis Line Judges To Be Replaced By Technology?
Tennis player Novak Djokovic has suggested the sport dispense with human line judges and replace them with technology.
The current world number one men’s player made the comments at the French Open after his straight-set fourth-round victory over Karen Khachanov, during which he accidentally hit the ball into a line judge’s face when returning a serve.
Normally, this would be deemed an unfortunate but unremarkable tennis incident. However, it came just weeks after the Serb was ejected from the US Open for inadvertently hitting a ball at the throat of a line judge in New York.
Djokovic’s view on technology
There was no risk of similar action being taken against Djokovic in Paris – the ball was in play and it is just deemed as ‘one of those things’ – but he was inevitably asked about the event after the game. He expressed concern about the wellbeing of the judge before volunteering an idea that would prevent a repeat: get rid of line judges and replace them with technology.
Djokovic’s profile means he is a fixture on the show courts at major tournaments, but had he been on an outer court at the US Open, the chances of him hitting would have been sufficiently reduced as social distancing measures meant line calls were made using Hawk-Eye Live.
The same technology is used to power the now-familiar player challenge system, except in this case, all line calls are automated.
So, Djokovic asks, why can it not be used wherever