The Australian Open will become the first tennis Grand Slam to feature electronic line calling on all of it courts to reduce the number of staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The live electronic line calling will be delivered through remote tracking cameras around the court, which will automatically send audio line calls in real time.
"The Australian Open will be the first Grand Slam tournament to introduce Live Electronic Line Calling on all courts, including the major stadiums," Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said.
"I'm delighted this initiative will also help to shine a light on those who work tirelessly, and so often without recognition, to keep our community safe and healthy."
The pre-recorded voices for the innovative technological move for tennis, will be of Australia's front-line workers for the country's pandemic response, including firefighters, surf lifesavers and other emergency services personnel.
Tennis Australia added: "A Behind the Line tribute will introduce community heroes who will be featured as the official line-calling voice in each match."
During last year's US Open, electronic line calls were used on outside courts with line judges still used in the main courts. Tennis star Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the tournament during his fourth-round match for accidentally hitting the ball at the line judge.
The Australian Open is set to kickstart on February 8, welcoming up to 30,000 spectators to the first Grand Slam of 2021 per day.
Author: Jake Wilkin