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Instant Replay To Be Implemented At Rogers Cup Tournaments

June 10, 2006 12:24 PM
Tennis Canada, in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced Thursday that instant replay technology, along with a player challenge system, will be used in August in Toronto and in Montreal. Tennis Canada also announced the addition of a new video board on centre court at Uniprix Stadium and an enlarged video board replacing the existing system on centre court at Rexall Centre.

All 10 summer tournaments associated with the U.S. Open Series, which are linked to the U.S. Open, will be using these new features. The tournaments will use Hawk-Eye’s electronic line calling technology and the player challenge protocol that was a proven success when it debuted at the Nasdaq-100 Open in March.

The new video boards at Rexall Centre and Uniprix Stadium will feature two screens sized 180 square-foot each (12-foot-by-16-foot) and weigh approximately 4,250 ponds apiece. The video boards will be a large part of the in-stadium atmosphere on centre court for instant replay coverage, fan interaction, contests and corporate partner recognition.

"Instant replay has proven to enhance officiating for players, while adding to the excitement and intrigue for fans and television viewers,” said Arlen Kantarian, chief executive, professional tennis, USTA. "

At all U.S. Open Series tournaments, the on-court player challenge system will remain as follows:

* Each player will receive two challenges per set to review line calls.

* If the player is correct with a challenge, then the player retains the same number of challenges.

As previously announced by the USTA, instant replay technology will make its Grand Slam debut at the 2006 US Open where it will be used in both Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums.

Canadian television broadcasters CBC, RDS, SRC and TSN will all feature the player challenge system as part of their extensive coverage of both Rogers Cup tournaments. Broadcast schedules will be available on rogerscup.com in the near future.




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