Hawk-Eye Live technology is to replace line judges at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, it has been confirmed.
The men’s tour announced on Monday that the Next Gen ATP Finals, a season-ending event for the best eight male players of the year aged 21 or under feature in the end of season tournament and the competition will now have the electronic line-calling system used as a trial.
The Hawk-Eye Live system will employ the same technology currently used for replay reviews at other tournaments when players contest a line judge’s call. But this time, each call will be final.
When there is a close shot, screens at the stadium will show a video replay so the competitors and spectators can see precisely where the ball landed.
The ATP’s executive vice-president, Gayle David Bradshaw believes the trial is a strong move and feels a positive result could signal a long-term change in the sport going forward.
He said on the Next Gen website: “This could be a landmark moment for officiating in our sport.
“Our athletes work incredibly hard and they deserve the very best and most accurate officiating we can offer. The technology is now in a place where we feel comfortable trialling this new system in a real tournament environment.
“The Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan is the perfect place to do this, and we look forward to monitoring the results and assessing the merits of this new system.”
The event also will showcase other experimental rules changes, including four-game sets, no lets and a serve clock.
The only official at each match will be the chair umpire.
The Next Gen ATP Finals will be held in Milan, Italy, from Nov. 7-12.