‘Hawkeye’ to be used at SA Tennis Open

2009-01-14 00:00

A SYSTEM that has proved increasingly popular with tennis fans around the world, “Hawkeye”, will be used on centre court during the R5-million SA Tennis Open at Montecasino in Johannesburg from February 2 to 8.

Hawkeye was introduced to world tennis to assist the officials and give players peace of mind regarding line calls.

It has also added further interest for the crowds at top matches, as they are now able to participate in the review process on the big screen.

Each player will be allowed three incorrect challenges per set, with an additional challenge in any tiebreaker.

The decision to use Hawkeye on centre court has resulted in the need for a review official, and Blaze Trifunovski of New Zealand will occupy that position at Montecasino.

Meanwhile, South African Iain Smith will get his first opportunity to be tournament referee in an ATP World Tour event at Montecasino.

Smith was notified in December that his silver badge had been upgraded to gold by the ITF and ATP World Tour and he is the first “Gold” referee on the African continent.

“It’s a major privilege to be awarded the promotion,” said Smith.

“It’s also every official’s dream to be able to work on an event in his own country and now that we have an official ATP World Tour event in South Africa, I have been given that opportunity.”

Smith has for many years headed the officiating programme in South Africa, which has recruited aspiring court officials from all corners of the country and trained them into becoming competent and recognised chair umpires and line officials.

“Hopefully my appointment will inspire all the SA officials to further their qualifications.

“Already we have seen talent such as Ephraim Motsiane from Katlehong work his way up the ladder and being invited to officiate at next week’s Australian Open in Melbourne,” said Smith.

Two new official supplier sponsors for the event are KeyHealth Medical Scheme and Avis Rent a Car.

SA Tennis Open officials — ATP supervisor: Gerry Armstrong (Great Britain); ATP referee: Iain Smith (South Africa); ATP chief of officials: Joan Vormbaum (U.S.); ATP chair umpires: Lars Graff (Sweden), Cedric Mourier (France), Roland Herfel (Germany) and Magdi Somat (Egypt); ATP review official: Blaze Trifunovski (New Zealand).

• John Cook will be covering the SA Open for The Witness from Montecasino

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.