Djokovic cannot hit US Open line decide — there will not be any

Novak Djokovic doesn’t want to fret about by accident hitting a U.S. Open line decide with a tennis ball this 12 months as a result of there will not be any line judges

The U.S. Tennis Affiliation and the game’s two main skilled excursions, the ATP and WTA, introduced Monday that Hawk-Eye Reside digital line-calling can be used for all competitors courts on the U.S. Open in 2021 and at seven of the 9 US Open Sequence occasions previous it.

A 12 months in the past, the USTA relied on the automated system and allotted with line judges on the U.S. Open apart from matches on the two primary courts in Flushing Meadows, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Throughout a fourth-round match at Ashe in opposition to Pablo Carreño Busta final September, Djokovic was defaulted from the U.S. Open for inadvertently hitting a line decide within the throat with a ball after dropping a sport.

It was a stunning and abrupt cease to the No. 1-ranked Djokovic’s 29-match profitable streak and his bid so as to add to his Grand Slam title assortment.

After dropping a sport to path 6-5 within the first set, Djokovic angrily swatted a ball behind him together with his racket — and it went immediately on the line decide.

Match referee Soeren Friemel dominated the match — and Djokovic’s participation within the 2020 U.S. Open — would finish there, saying on the time: “All of us agree that he didn’t do it on objective, however the info are nonetheless that he hit the road umpire and the road umpire was clearly harm.”

The Australian Open, which Djokovic gained in February for his 18th main championship, didn’t have any line judges on any courts.

Not surprisingly, Djokovic mentioned he authorised.

“I really am in favor of expertise. I believe it’s confirmed to be very correct on this explicit occasion,” he mentioned at Melbourne Park when requested about ending the usage of line judges. “I don’t see a cause why we’d like the road umpires, to be sincere, if we have now expertise like this.”

The US Open Sequence tournaments that may rely solely on digital line-calling this 12 months are the occasions in Atlanta; Washington; Toronto; Montreal; Cincinnati; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Cleveland.

The Cincinnati match was held at Flushing Meadows final 12 months proper earlier than the U.S. Open as a part of a doubleheader of types organized due to the coronavirus pandemic and so was performed below the identical setup.

The USTA mentioned Monday that “upwards of 314,000 calls” have been made by Hawk-Eye Reside through the two occasions.

The U.S. Open’s primary draw begins Aug. 30.

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Comply with Howard Fendrich on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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Extra AP Tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports activities

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