HAWK-EYE has led to the most blatant abuse of tennis’s “no coaching” rule during matches but players and officials have declared its introduction to the Australian Open a success.
Several players have clearly looked to their entourage for advice as to whether they should challenge line calls, particularly those at the far end of the court, but tournament director Craig Tiley said he had no concerns about this becoming a trend.
“It’s obviously a fine line because you’ve always got to be alert on a player taking some kind of unfair advantage,” Tiley said.
“But the umpire is still in charge of things out there and has to ensure the player code rules are upheld.”
So far no code violations have been issued. The simple fact is both sets of supporters help their player so any advantage is evenly spread.
Tiley said opinions from player camps on good or bad lines calls had always been expressed in days before Hawk-Eye. The difference is now a player can act on them. The Australian