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Australian Open to use istant replay
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Australian Open will follow the U.S. Open and introduce an instant replay challenge system for disputed line calls.
The 2006 U.S. Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to introduce the video replay system, although the technology had been used at other ATP events.
The "Hawk-Eye" system will only be used on Rod Laver Arena -- the center court at Melbourne Park -- where two giant TV screens will be installed for players, officials and spectators to follow analysis of the disputed calls.
Australian Open spokesman John Lindsay said Tuesday organizers have yet to decide if they would limit the number of challenges -- the U.S. Open allowed two per set to review line calls -- or allow unlimited challenges.
Under the challenge system, a graphic rendering of the shot in question is played on the on-court video screen, with the ball's landing spot highlighted.
If the replay shows the original call was wrong, the player keeps that challenge. If the original call was correct, the player loses that challenge.
Prize money for the tournament, to be played Jan. 15-28, will increase to $14.95 million with the men's and women's singles champions each earning $960,000.
Roger Federer and Amelie Mauresmo are the defending champions.
Mark Edmondson, the last Australian man to win the national championship, will be inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame during the tournament. Edmondson, unseeded and ranked No. 212, beat John Newcombe in the 1976 final.
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