US Open Ambience 2019

US Open to use ‘video review technology’ for 2023 tournament

The US Open have announced that they will be utilising video reviews for the tournament this year in a bid to help aid the chair umpires when there are disputes.

Video reviews have previously been used at other tennis events including the Next Gen Finals and the ATP Cup, but have not yet become a mainstay in the sport.

However, it seems that the New York major are looking to take that step with the technology set to be used on five of the courts at this year’s tournament.

The USTA (United States Tennis Association) confirmed that the ‘video review technology will be utilised for all Main Draw matches played on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand, Court No.5 and Court No.17’.

The US Open have often been the Grand Slam leader in terms of using technology, with electronic line calling being brought in by the event in 2020 to reduce staff due to Covid-19 restrictions.

This is something that has continued at the final major of the year and has since been brought into use at the Australian Open as well.

On top of that, the ATP announced earlier this year that electronic line calling would be used for all of their events from 2025.

US Open Video Reviews – What are they used for?

So, we know that the technology will be used at the tournament this year, but when will it actually be used?

We, at Tennishead, have got that covered for you:

US Open Video Technology Reviewable calls

  1. Not-up – To check if the ball has bounced more than once prior to contact (more than twice for wheelchair tennis).
  2. Foul shot – When a player carries the ball on their racket, contacts the ball before it crosses the net or the player’s racket touches the ball while not under the control of the player.
  3. Touch – When the ball touches the player or anything he is wearing (except the racket obviously!) or when the player touches the net when the ball is in play.
  4. Invasion – When a player touches his opponent’s part of the court with any part of his body or racket while the ball is in play.
  5. Through – When the ball passes through the net instead of over the net.
  6. Hindrance – For any decision whether a point should be awarded or replayed, most commonly used when a call is corrected from out to in and whether the player had a play on the ball.
  7. Original call stands – When a challenge to a line call has properly been made and the line review system is unable to make a determination, the chair umpire may review the call for clear evidence that confirms or overturns the call on the court.
  8. Foot faults – To check whether a player’s foot has crossed the appropriate lines when serving.
  9. Scoring error – To ensure that the score is as it should be.

We will see the technology used for these rules next month, with the US Open beginning on Monday 28th August.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.