It was on the line! Chalk flew up!!!
The 2015 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will be the first ever pro tennis event series to exclusively use electronic line-calling systems in place of lines people throughout its 12-city tour starting March 24 in Salt Lake City.
The PowerShares Series, (the North American tennis tour for champion tennis players over the age of 30,) will now only employ a chair umpire for matches during its four-player nightly events and will have all line-calling responsibilities decided by the Hawk-Eye Officiating System.
Players will be allowed unlimited challenges during the course of a match. Players competing on the 2015 PowerShares Series are defending points champion John McEnroe, Hall of Famers Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Michael Chang as well as Andy Roddick, James Blake and Mark Philippoussis.
Surprisingly, the one former player who had the most, er, colorful interactions with lines people, supports the initiative.
“I never thought this day would come when I would play tournament tennis without linesmen,” said McEnroe. “I think this is a great move for the sport and I applaud the PowerShares Series for making this bold decision. I think this can be a ground-breaking game-changer for the sport.”
If they had the technology back in the day, though- we wouldn’t have had as much fun watching! Now, how many code violations do you get…three, or……four?
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