Following Novak Djokovic’s Demand, ATP Masters 1000 Set to Bring Major Changes in 2021

Published 01/10/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in his men’s final match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during day eight of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been in the limelight for his insistence on few changes in the game. Tennis has undergone quite a few modifications and changes in the recent past. As we move into the new season, there happens to be another development in the current system.

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From the 2021 season onwards, there will be no linesman/lineswomen involved in assisting matches on the ATP Tour, specifically, the ATP Masters 1000s. There has been constant pressure for tournament organizers to reduce the number of people involved in order to help to conduct the tournaments. 

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 02: Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a backhand in his semi final match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria on day 6 of the Rolex Paris Masters, part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 held at the at AccorHotels Arena on November 2, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic: We’re Living in a Technologically Advanced Era

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Voicing a similar opinion to this was the Serb, Novak Djokovic himself. He stated, “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.”

With years gone by, technology has developed and has made things easy for humanity in general. The 8-time Australian Open champion feels the need for tennis to adapt to these changes from time-to-time. 

Novak Djokovic: No Reason to Have Line Umpires

Novak Djokovic stated that there’s no need for having line umpires in the present day. He added, “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.”

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Also, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in individuals making minimal contact with others. As a result, reducing the involvement of people in any manner is accepted. The Hawk-Eye live was first used at the Cincinnati Open last year.

For the upcoming season, the hardcourt tournaments held in Miami, Cincinnati, Canada, Shanghai, and Paris will take the help of the Hawk-Eye live. 

What is your take on this major change for the 2021 ATP season?

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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