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ATP to replace human line judges with technology

The ATP Tour says from 2025, human line judges will be replaced by an electronic calling system on a full-time basis.

The ATP, which is the men’s governing body, said the move will “optimise accuracy and consistency” in her events.

Some tennis tournaments have already scrapped human line judges, including the majors at the Australian Open and US Open.

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said “This is a landmark moment for our sport, and not one we’ve reached without careful consideration”.

Gaudenzi added “Tradition is core to tennis and line judges have played an important part in the game over the years.

“That said, we have a responsibility to embrace innovation and new technologies.”

The electronic calling system has been widely adopted since the Covid-19 pandemic when tournaments looked to minimise the spread via human interaction.

Implemented of the new technology will be across all surfaces on the ATP Tour, although the four Grand Slam tournaments continue to make their own decisions.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon which is played on grass, and the clay-court French Open have been some what reluctant to remove human line judges.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas