Last January the Australian Open became the first Grand Slam to eliminate the figure of the linesmen to implement an electronic system to check the pot of balls. As reported this Thursday by the ‘Herald Sun’, a year later history will repeat itself, both in the Grand Slam and in the previous tournaments that will be played in Australian lands. Electronic line calling was first tested at the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2017 as the next step in ‘hawk-eye’ technology, and is advantageous in the Covid-19 climate because it limits the number of people in the room. court. Players are also less likely to protest machine decisions. This technology is already common on the tennis circuit, although Roland Garros does not use it and Wimbledon does so in a limited way. Many people believe that the electronic dialing system will be the future of the sport, even after the pandemic is over, but some traditionalists still oppose it. Community heroes from all states and territories, including front-line workers in responding to the pandemic, prerecorded the so-called “out,” “fault,” and “foot fault” for the 2021 Australian Open. Following the success of the last edition, there are similar plans for next month’s tournament, and Tennis Australia will announce the details in the coming weeks. Australian Open boss Craig Tiley believes Melbourne Park will be one of the safest places in the world in January thanks to strict Covid protocols. Coming to tennis, Novak Djokovic has been playing exceptionally well lately. In 2021, he managed to surpass Federer for holding the top spot in rankings for the most number of weeks. After winning Wimbledon this year, he is now on 20 Majors, tied with rivals Roger and Rafa.
Andy Murray speaks about Djokovic
In a recent interview with Sport Klub, former World No. 1 Andy Murray admitted that Novak Djokovic is “untouchable” in Australia and it is an “impossible mission to beat him” there. “When it comes to Djokovic, the first thing that comes to mind is Australia. He is untouchable there. It is an impossible mission to beat him. The number of titles he has there is crazy. Besides, it is difficult to play against Novak on any surface, as he conforms very well on all surfaces. He is very complete,” said Murray in the interview. Despite lauding Federer and Djokovic, Andy Murray accepted that his toughest opponent on the court has been Rafael Nadal. He stressed upon the fact that it is the “most difficult task” to defeat the Spaniard on a slow surface. “I have talked a bit about the characteristics of Nole or Roger, but there is no doubt that the worst thing on a tennis court is having Nadal on the other side of the court. Perhaps it is the most difficult task in the world of sport, to beat him on a slow surface, especially in Paris,” said the Brit.