Tennis to get a boost with Hawkeye technology

MUMBAI: This is a move aimed at boosting the accuracy of line calls during a tennis event.

A technology 'Hawk-Eye Officiating will be used for the first time ever at a major mens tennis tournament. It makes its debut appearance as the Eagle Eye by Barclays at this years Masters Tennis tournament at the Royal Albert Hall. The event takes place from 29 November to 4 December 2005.

The technology, which uses cameras to track the balls trajectory and sends information to a virtual reality machine, has been used at Grand Slam and ATP Tennis Masters Series events for the past three years, but only on television as an analytical tool for the commentary teams.

Barclays is sponsoring the new Eagle Eye at The Masters Tennis, naming it after their world-famous Eagle crest and hoping to make it a favourite with players and spectators alike.

Following approval from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) it will be used to aid umpires with disputed line calls. This is something that may add a new dimension to four-time champion John McEnroes vociferous objections on-court at the Royal Albert Hall.

Hawk-Eye system founder Paul Hawkins said, Calling lines is a tough job everyone wants it to be the players ability that decides the outcome of a match and now Hawk-Eye can help make that happen.

Masters favourite John McEnroe said, I m all for it, its about time it was introduced. Once again the Champions Tour is leading the way in innovations in the tennis circuit.

The Masters Tennis is the final tournament on the world-wide ATP Delta Tour of Champions and players must have qualified to obtain their place in London. The top ten players in the Stanford Financial Champions Tour Rankings after all events on the Tour are complete will qualify automatically for London. The field will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild cards, with a $100,000 prize on offer for the winner of The Masters Tennis.

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