Using Hawk-Eye technology, the Video Review will give players the chance to challenge judgement calls from the umpire such as whether a ball bounced twice or whether a player inadvertently made an illegal double hit. It means tennis has followed the example of soccer, NFL and NBA in using Video Review to help reach correct decisions.
While rare, such incidents have caused controversy in tennis, most recently at Wimbledon this year when Novak Djokovic was infuriated after third-round opponent Kyle Edmund was awarded a point despite television replays clearly showing he had failed to scramble up a Djokovic drop shot. “Adding Video Review will give players a new tool that will further enhance the officiating in our sport,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President.
Hawk-Eye review technology for line calls has been a long-standing feature of professional tennis. At next month’s tournament, umpires will also be able to review judgement calls on a tablet at their chair, while players will have unlimited access to the new system, even if it is unlikely to be required often throughout the week.
“Controversy with these types of decisions is rare, but when they do occur, they can be particularly unsettling for players,” Gayle David Bradshaw, the ATP’s Executive Vice President, Rules & Competition, said in a statement. “We do not expect a lot of challenges, but should any instances arise, this technology will ensure the correct decision is reached.” The ATP Next Gen Finals begins at the Milan Fiera on Nov. 6.