Electronic Line-calling Malfunction Costs Ljubicic at Indian Wells Tennis
A replay call during a match between Andy Murray and Ivan Ljubicic on Thursday at the event in Indian Wells brought into question the accuracy of the “Hawkeye” instant video replay line-calling system.
Serving at 5-7, 4-4, ad out, Ljubicic apparently won the point when Murray’s high lob landed wide near the net. Murray then signaled to use one of his replay challenges, which digitally showed the ball landing in the middle of the line. The actual review showed the ball landing well wide.
Upon a second look, it appeared the replay system acknowledged the second bounce when the high lob originally bounced wide, but the second bounce landed on the line.
After losing the replay point, Ljubicic lost the next point to lose his serve, walking to his chair for the changeover while the Indian Wells crowd booed the electronic line call. Ljubicic had argued to no avail with the chair umpire that the make the electronic line-calling system had made was “ridiculous.”
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