Top-seeded Novak Djokovic sealed his place in the round of 16 at the French Open 2020. And while Serb crushed Colombian Daniel Elahi Galán in the straight sets on Saturday, he lost just five games against a qualifier.
The third-round match eventually concluded by a scoreline of (6-0, 6-3, 6-2). However, World number one once again made an interesting comment about line judges at the post-match press conference.
Whereas this year Paris major event is taking place amidst disputed line calls and umpire discissions. Besides, Djokovic admits he doesn’t see a reason behind the line judges’ presence while using technology.
After a comfortable win in the third round, Nole told to reporters, “With all my respect for the tradition and the culture we have in this sport when it comes to people present on the court during a match, including line (judges), I really don’t see a reason why every single tournament in this world, in this technologically advanced era, would not have what we had during the Cincinnati/New York tournaments.”
“I Understand Technology Is Expensive”: Novak Djokovic
A few days ago, Djokovic disqualified from the US Open after unintentionally hitting a line judge with a spare ball. Even though Djokovic believes the technology could become a replacement for a line umpire, he could not suggest anything for ball boys.
Serb continued, “The technology is so advanced right now. There is absolutely no reason why you should keep line umpires on the court. That’s my opinion. Of course, I understand technology is expensive, so it’s an economic issue and a question mark.”
“But I feel like we are all moving towards that, and sooner or later, there is no reason to keep line umpires.”, He added.
Speaking about ball collectors, Novak explained, Yes, ball kids, of course, ball person, yes, but line umpires, I don’t see why anymore, to be honest.”
In conclusion, Serbina said with a smile and then he would probably have fewer chances to do what he did in New York.