U.S. Open Series Events Will Use Hawk-Eye
By Tennis Week
The U.S. Open Series will welcome a new player quick enough to cover all of the lines without moving from its stationary spot. The USTA today announced that the Hawk-Eye electronic line-calling technology, along with a player challenge system, will be used during the U.S. Open Series, the ten summer tournaments that are linked to the U.S. Open.
The announcement arrives three months after the USTA announced the 2006 U.S. Open will become the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to utilize line-calling technology and the player challenge system on Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong stadium courts (Instant Replay Will Soon Be A Major Player).
"Instant replay has proven to enhance officiating for players, while adding to the excitement and intrigue for fans and television viewers," said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. "This initiative was developed in partnership with our friends at the ATP and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and we look forward to a consistent system that will benefit players, fans, and the entire sport."
At all U.S. Open Series tournaments, the on-court player challenge system will remain as follows:
* Each player will receive two challenges per set to review line calls
* If the player is correct with a challenge, then the player retains the same number of challenges.
* If the player is incorrect with a challenge, then one of his/her challenges is lost
* During a tiebreak game in any set, each player will receive one additional challenge
* Challenges may not be carried over from one set to another
Once a player challenges a line call, an official replay will be provided simultaneously to the television broadcast and in-stadium video boards, allowing players, officials, on-site fans and television viewers the opportunity to see the live results of a player challenge. Hawk-Eye made its North American tournament debut at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Key Biscayne where players challenged 161 calls in the 59 matches played on stadium court. Of the 161 challenges, 53 calls were reversed as a result of a player challenge. The system received positive reviews from players, fans and TV viewers.
The implementation of line calling technology at all U.S. Open Series tournaments is the result of a collaborative effort between the USTA, ATP, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the tournaments and U.S. Open Series broadcasters, including CBS, NBC and ESPN2.
"It was clear to us all in Miami that electronic line calling adds to the entertainment both in the stadiums and on television," said ATP Executive Chairman and President Etienne de Villiers. "To be able to showcase this enhancement every week during the summer through the U.S. Open Series is a tremendous opportunity for tennis."