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Australian Open to set first with live electronic line calls

Margaret Court Arena ahead of the staging of the 2021 Australian Open (by PAUL CROCK/AFP via Getty Images)

This year’s Australian Open will set a first for grand slam tennis tournaments with the introduction of live electronic line calls, as organisers today (Thursday) maintained the event will proceed as planned amid its latest Covid-19 scare.

In an effort to reduce the number of staff on-site at Melbourne Park during the pandemic, only players, chair umpires and ball kids will be on court, and no line judges. Instead, Tennis Australia has said movement-activated and pre-recorded voices will be used for the terms ‘Out’, ‘Foot Fault’ and ‘Fault’.

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