The 2020 ATP Finals, for the primary time in event’s historical past, will characteristic digital line-calling and video overview.
In keeping with the ATP Tour web site, the strains will probably be known as electronically by hawkeye dwell – as there will not be line judges this yr amid the Covid-19 pandemic — and a chair umpire will oversee the motion. Gamers will be capable of request video overview for suspected not-ups, foul photographs, touches and different reviewable calls.
“Innovation and expertise have all the time performed a central half within the success of Nitto ATP Finals, and we’re happy to be incorporating digital line calling and video overview in our 12th and ultimate yr in London. And for various causes, this yr additionally offered the correct alternative for us to make use of it as a result of challenges we’re going through with Covid-19,” ATP Chief Tour Officer Ross Hutchins mentioned.
“We consider it is the correct time to make use of and due to the restrictions which are in place in London, and particularly to tennis with interplay between gamers and officers,” he added.
Nonetheless, there’s one distinction between video overview on the ATP Finals — to be held between November 15 and 22 — and the ATP Cup, the place it was utilized in January.
Since there will probably be no line judges at The O2 because of Covid-19 protocols and digital line-calling will probably be in use, video overview can not problem whether or not a ball is in or out.
World primary Novak Djokovic has been drawn in Group Tokyo 1970 with Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman whereas world quantity two Rafael Nadal leads Group London 2020 alongside Austrian Dominic Thiem, defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece and Russia’s Andrey Rublev for the event.
That is the 50th anniversary of the ATP Finals, which was first held in 1970 in Tokyo and it’s the event’s 12th and ultimate version in London. Subsequent yr, it is going to transfer to Turin, Italy