World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he respects the tennis tradition but admitted he is in favor of replacing line judges with the technology. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, was defaulted from his US Open round-of-16 clash after unintentionally hitting the lines women with the ball.
Now, the Serb has progressed into the French Open round-of-16 and he would like to see some changes in the game. “With all respect for the tradition and the culture we have in this sport, when it comes to people present on the court during a match, including line umpires, I really don’t see a reason why every single tournament in this world, in this technological advanced era, would not have what we had during Cincinnati/New York tournament,” Djokovic said, per INQUIRER.
“The technology is so advanced right now, there is absolutely no reason why you should keep line umpires on the court. Of course, I understand technology is expensive, so it’s an economical issue and a question mark.
“But I feel like we are all moving towards that, and sooner or later there is no reason to keep line umpires. “Maybe you can tell me if there is any significant reason why we should keep other than tradition that we had and have in this sport.
Then I would also probably then have less chances to do what I did in New York”.
Dominic Thiem agrees with Djokovic
After claiming a third round win at the French Open over Casper Ruud, world No. 3 Thiem said he’s in favor of introducing Hawk-Eye on clay.
Ruud claimed the chair umpire made two big mistakes against him and back-to-back French Open runner-up Thiem admitted after the game some wrong calls were made in his favor. “I would support 100% Hawk-Eye on clay, because at the match from Denis (Shapovalov) against Roberto (Carballes Baena) yesterday there was a mistake, and then today in my match there was a mistake in my favor actually.
Casper showed me the mark on his phone after the match in the first game of the second set,” Thiem said after beating Ruud, per Jose Morgado. “I mean, it’s not the umpire’s mistake, because sometimes you just cannot see the mark.
It’s too difficult, especially after the set break, because they clean the court, they brush the lines, so it’s almost impossible to see where the mark starts.”