Cameron Norrie welcomes controversial ‘VAR’ technology
Cameron Norrie has welcomed the introduction of VAR technology in tennis ahead of the US Open.
Norrie had called for its introduction after a particularly contentious point he played at the French Open this season.
The Wimbledon semifinalist from last term has finally gotten his wish, as players at the season’s last Major in New York are now permitted to appeal up to three disputed rulings every set.
“The VR official and VR operator will then send the video to a screen on the chair umpire’s chair as well as stadium screens when available,” a document released by organisers revealed.
A variety of calls are subject to challenges, including double bounces and players who assert that their opponent’s loudness interfered with their ability to play.
The verdict can then be reviewed by the umpire in the chair as spectators make their judgements on the big screens. In addition to the automated line-calling in New York, the new football-style technology will only be accessible this year on Flushing Meadows’ five show courts.
A source from the men’s governing body claimed the usage of the VR technology at the ATP’s Finals, Next Gen Finals, and ATP Cup in recent years was generally viewed favourably.
“I think it is great,” said Norrie according to Express. “If you have that, you might as well use it. I think there are always one or two incidents.
“You will be able to use it if there is a double bounce. It doesn’t happen too often but it would be nice to have it for all courts.
“I don’t know the cost but it will be nice because it will be fair. People are obviously going to make mistakes so it will be nice to have that option.”
According to a source from the premier women’s circuit, while WTA does not currently employ a VAR system at its events it also does not have any imminent intentions to do so.
Norrie has struggled for form in the latter portion of the season having lost all three of his ATP Tour matches since his Wimbledon exit.
Norrie, Dan Evans, Andy Murray, Jack Draper, Katie Boulter, and Jodie Burrage are the six British player that have automatically qualified for the main draw and will all be competing in the first round on Tuesday.
The top Brit will kick off his US Open push with a first round match against Russia’s Alexander Shevchenko.
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