Originally Posted by Greenout
How about having a 2nd or 3rd chair umpire to help make decisions?
there are people who help the umpire make the decisions, the line people, but you need the final decision in the hands of one person, that's because you need to give certainty and dynamic to the match.
Imagine if you have 3 umpires and they don't agree, what do you do? vote? what if it's a 2-1 decision? they would say it was a divided decision and could be wrong.
You also can't have it reviewed later, even with a tv camera, it would take away the follow up of the match, it would be like tape delayed. What if a player wins a point? maybe the match with that point and has to wait to see if the umpire overrules?
What if a player gets a match point? and plays thinking she has it and then it's overruled.
or a player saves a match point, then plays and wins the match to find out she really lost it?.
And you can't possibly interrupt the play on every important/controversial points to let the umpire check the tv screen, it would take the rhytm away and the matches would become dull.
I am a computer programmer and I love technology, but because I understand it I know it has limitations, a computer will never replace a human being, human beings make mistakes, computer have failures, software doesn't behave as you expect some times (just tell me, I was 2 hours trying to find a damn error and it was a stupid ">" that I have missed).