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First tennis event without LINE JUDGES to be tested with pioneering Hawk-Eye camera system making calls

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! John McEnroe’s dream will come true when a new tennis event is held – with no line judges. An updated version of the Hawk-Eye camera system will make all the line calls at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in November. And that should make McEnroe-style rants at bad decisions […]

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YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! John McEnroe’s dream will come true when a new tennis event is held – with no line judges.

An updated version of the Hawk-Eye camera system will make all the line calls at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in November.

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Hawk-Eye has been a a huge hit in Tennis[/caption]

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And that should make McEnroe-style rants at bad decisions a thing of the past.

The ATP had already announced the trial of a number of rule and format innovations for the inaugural Next Gen competition which will feature the best seven players of the year aged 21 and under, plus one wild card.

But the experiment with just a chair umpire and no other officials on court is the most radical of all.

The Hawk-Eye Live camera system will electronically signal when the ball is out, which will cease the need for the current “challenge” protocols which allow players to question calls three times per set.

Gayle David Bradshaw, the ATP’s executive vice president for rules and competition, said: “This could be a landmark moment for officiating in our sport.

“Our athletes work incredibly hard and they deserve the very best and most accurate officiating we can offer.

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Hawk-Eye being set up at Wimbledon this year[/caption]

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Hawk-Eye has played a big role in Tennis since 2002[/caption]

Roger Federer has also returned to his best form - after the type of long lay-off that Andy Murray is facing
Roger Federer could be playing Grand Slams without Line Judges if all goes well
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“The technology is now in a place where we feel comfortable trialling this new system in a real tournament environment.

“The Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan is the perfect place to do this, and we look forward to monitoring the results and assessing the merits of this new system.”

The event, due to be staged from November 7 to 11, promises to be a fascinating glimpse of tennis’ possible future.

Players will contest best-of-five set matches, but it will be the first to four games in each set, with a tiebreak at 3-3.

There will be sudden death points at 40-40 and no “lets” – so if a serve hits the net and dribbles over into the service box, tough luck: get on with it.

A shot clock will make sure the 25-second limit for serving is observed, the warm-up will be limited to five minutes and coaching of players will be allowed.

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The Ashes: Live score and updates from the Gabba as Mark Stoneman and James Vince takes England to 59-1 at lunch

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Ashes 2017-18: England batsman Alastair Cook is dismissed after just 16 balls in First Test against Australia

ENGLAND’S Ashes campaign got off to the worst possible start after Alastair Cook was dismissed in just the third over. The former captain edged behind the 16th ball of the First Test from Mitchell Starc and Peter Handscomb took the catch at first slip. Cook had looked composed and untroubled in the first over, but […]

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ENGLAND’S Ashes campaign got off to the worst possible start after Alastair Cook was dismissed in just the third over.

The former captain edged behind the 16th ball of the First Test from Mitchell Starc and Peter Handscomb took the catch at first slip.

England batsman Alastair Cook is dismissed after just 16 balls
England batsman Alastair Cook is dismissed after just 16 balls
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Cook had looked composed and untroubled in the first over, but it was the Aussies celebrating soon after.

The tone for the entire series has frequently been set by what happens in the early skirmishes at Brisbane.

Or, in the case of Nasser Hussain’s decision to field first in 2002, before even a ball is bowled.

Remember Michael Slater hitting Phillip DeFreitas’ first ball for four in 1994 or Steve Harmison spearing his first delivery straight to Andrew Flintoff at second slip in 2006.

England captain Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat first
England captain Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat first
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Joe Root and Tim Paine shake hands before commencing battle in Brisbane
Joe Root and Tim Paine shake hands before commencing battle in Brisbane
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Opening batsman Alastair Cook makes his way onto the Gabba
Opening batsman Alastair Cook makes his way onto the Gabba
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David Warner was selected by Australia despite being an injury doubt
David Warner was selected by Australia despite being an injury doubt
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Joe Root won the toss and that gave Cook and Mark Stoneman an instant taste of the pace of Australia’s fast bowlers.

Australian vice-captain David Warner recovered from a neck strain to take his place in the line-up, and Shaun Marsh proved his fitness after reporting a sore back following practice on the eve of the match.

Root said England had three good warm-up matches and had gathered momentum.

England hold the Ashes after winning the 2015 series 3-2 at home, and have had the better of cricket’s oldest high-profile bilateral contests in the last decade with four wins in the last five series.

But the Australians swept England 5-0 in 2013-14 in the last Ashes series Down Under.

Root, who played four of the five Tests on his last trip to Australia, said there were no scars for his team.

He said: “For me it’s completely irrelevant what happened four years ago. We’ve won four of the last five Ashes.”

England's Alastair Cook came through the first over unfazed
England’s Alastair Cook came through the first over unfazed
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Australia bowler Mitchell Starc edges Alastair Cook early on
Australia bowler Mitchell Starc edges Alastair Cook early on
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Australia celebrate a successful start to the First Test of the Ashes
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Ashes 2017 first Test: What time does Australia vs England start tonight and what TV channel is it on?

JOE ROOT has a chance to retain the Ashes for England when they begin this year’s series in Brisbane. Alistair Cook’s England stormed to a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will be looking to retain the coveted trophy this year under new captain Root. FOLLOW ALL OF THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE BLOG When is […]

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JOE ROOT has a chance to retain the Ashes for England when they begin this year’s series in Brisbane.

Alistair Cook’s England stormed to a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will be looking to retain the coveted trophy this year under new captain Root.

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When is the 2017-18 Ashes first test?

The series is currently in the practice stage, with the real action kicking off next week.

The opening Test will start next Thursday, November 23 at 12am GMT in the UK.

That Test concludes the following Monday, November 27.

Here is the full test schedule:

England's Ashes Test schedule

Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane) – midnight
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide) – 4am
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth) – 2.30am
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne) – 11.30pm (Xmas Day)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney) – 11.30pm (Jan 3 GMT)

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Where can I watch the 2017-18 Ashes?

For the first time the Ashes are being shown exclusively on BT Sport.

BT secured the rights after Sky Sports had held them for years.

Coverage of all the Tests and ODIs will be live on British TV.

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Where can I see the highlights of the Ashes?

Highlights of the 2017-18 series will be shown for FREE.

After every day’s play, the best bits will be available to watch on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app.

At 7pm after game day, highlights are uploaded for all to watch.

If you’ve missed out from past days, all action from the series is on BT’s Ashes hub.

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