By Chineze Ogugua
For the first time at an ATP event, the umpire will be the only official on court at the Next Gen Finals in Milan as line judges will be replaced by the Hawk-Eye technology.
The tournament, which is the first of its kind in the sport, will feature the top eight players aged 21 or under and will take place from 7-11 November.
At the Next Gen Finals, decisions will be final and players will not be able to challenge calls as they do at most tournaments via Hawk-Eye playback.
However, marginal calls will still be accompanied by a visualisation on screens around the stadium and foot-faults will be decided by a review official using a camera to monitor the server’s feet.
Shorter sets and a shot clock will reportedly be trialed at the event.
20-year old Germany’s world number four Alexander Zverev has qualified for the event after winning two Masters 1000 titles this year including a Rogers Cup win over World number two Roger Federer.
The Hawk-Eye technology was first trialed at the Wimbledon event in 2007.