Players wanting to stare down or glare at a line judge at the Australian Open after a close or contentious call will have difficulty doing so this year. There won’t be any.
In a Grand Slam first, there will be no on-court line judges on any of the tournament courts in an effort to reduce the number of staff on-site during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only players, chair umpires and ball kids will be on the court.
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