Tennis Revolutionizing Instant Replay

23 Jan

Have you ever watched instant replay in a professional tennis game? You may have noticed that the system is different than any other professional sport because it’s computer generated.

In the NFL, NBA and MLB the judges (referees, umpires, etc…) use actual live video footage to review a controversial play, however in tennis they use a sophisticated computer system called Hawk-eye. The system was invented in the late 1990s by Dr. Paul Hawkins and has been used by professional tennis since 2006. The camera based system monitors the flight and the landing of the tennis ball creating a digital display of it’s trajectory. “Electronic line calling is a revolutionary development for the game of tennis,” said Butch Buchholz NASDAQ-100 Open Chairman and Co-Founder. “As good as the line judges are, having the ability to back them up with state-of-the-art technology is great for the game and for the players.”

The question I ask, “Can this technology translate successfully into other major league level sport officiating?”

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