Davis Cup & Fed Cup extend Hawk-Eye use
Originally published on: 06/02/12 11:37
In the middle of two straight weekends of its official team competitions, the ITF has announced it is to increase the use of Hawk-Eye technology to encompass all rounds of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup World Groups, plus the Fed Cup World Group play-offs.
The latest move follows a similar one for the 2011 season, where it was decided the electronic-review would be used from Davis Cup quarter-finals and Fed Cup semi-finals onwards.
However, the system will continue to be used only on those ties played on a hard or a grass court, not on clay, in the same way that Hawk-Eye is not (yet) used at Roland Garros.
“The increased use of electronic review in our major team competitions reflects their status in the tennis calendar, and the expectations among fans,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti of the decision.
Electronic review was first used in Davis Cup at the 2006 final between Russia and Argentina, before being used in the Fed Cup final the following year.
The move represents another step forward for the innovative technology, which made its tennis debut at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in 2006.
This weekend’s Davis Cup ties
Spain v Kazakhstan
Austria v Russia
Canada v France
Switzerland v USA
Czech Republic v Italy
Serbia v Sweden
Japan v Croatia
Germany v Argentina