Then, is the line judge OK U.S. Open?
Novak Djokovic does not need to worry about accidentally hitting a U.S. Open line judge with a tennis ball between points this year because there won’t be any line judges – chair umpires will be the only on-court officials at that Grand Slam tournament’s matches.
Thereof, what happened to the line judge?
May 24 (Reuters) – Line judges will no longer feature at the U.S. Open after the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Monday that it was implementing the use of electronic line calling on all courts at the year’s final Grand Slam.
Who was the ball girl that Nadal hit?
Nadal’s forehand struck Anita on her face during a match in 2020, the Spaniard apologised on court and later, met with her and the family. Rafael Nadal’s forehands are ferocious and his fan Anita Birchall found that out the hard way, when she — as a ball-kid at Australian Open 2020 — got struck by one.
Line Umpires work in teams and there are two line teams per court. These line teams work on a timed rotation (60 minutes on, 60 minutes off), with nine Line Umpires per team on Centre Court, No. 1 Court, No. … 3 Court and Courts 12 & 18, and 7 line umpires on the other courts.
The USTA – organisers of the US Open – issued a statement: “In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic …