Tennis' electronic review system to debut on clay
The ATP, the organiser of the top men’s tennis tour, is to adopt the electronic review system in clay-court events for the first time in 2020.
The use of the system at selected events, starting with next month’s ATP 500 event in Rio, represents a trial ahead of a possible full roll-out in subsequent seasons.
Players have been able to challenge line calls at ATP events since 2006, but this has not applied on clay courts where umpires have been left to rely on ball marks to confirm decisions.
However, some contentious calls and demands for greater accuracy have prompted calls for the system to be extended, prompting this year’s trial.
In addition to the Rio Open, which takes place from 17 to 23 February, electronic reviews will be available at an ATP 250 event to be confirmed and at a Masters 1000 tournament in either Monaco, Madrid or Rome.
The trial in Rio will rely on technology from Foxtenn, which has received official approval from the ATP to provide an electronic review system on clay.
In a statement, the ATP said: “The use of electronic review on clay is designed to elevate the accuracy of officiating. During the trial, there will be no limit to the number of challenges players are able to make during matches, ensuring consistency within the tournament for players competing on show courts with the review technology as well as on outside courts where standard ball mark inspection protocols will apply.”
Some preliminary clay-court trials were conducted at lower-tier ATP Challenger Tour events in 2019.Sportcal