Future Trends in Tennis:
Part 3

Chris Lewit

Could electronic line calling systems eliminate cheating at all levels?

In the last article I looked at the concept of what I call "ambiplayers" and what their strokes might look like now and in the future. (Click Here.) Now let’s turn to the issue of advances in technology in several areas, starting with so-called smart courts.

The End of Cheating?

Due to the increased prevalence and the cost reduction in electronic line calling systems such as Playsight and Hawkeye, cheating could finally be eliminated from the game at all levels. This will be especially important to the growth and popularity of the junior competitive circuit, which currently has rampant cheating.

At all competitive levels, electronic and computer assisted line calling could eventually replace all humans including umpires and lines judges. First the line judges would go and then—later on—the umpires too.

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Chris Lewit is a leading high-performance coach, author, and educator. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Secrets of Spanish Tennis, and a new technique book, Winning Pretty, which will be published by New Chapter Press in paperback in 2025. Secrets of Spanish Tennis, Second Edition will be published in September 2024, also by New Chapter Press. He is also a contributing editor for Tennisplayer.net magazine and a long-time member of the USPTA and PTR. As an educator, he has presented at several large conferences including the PTR International Tennis Symposium. Chris is currently studying kinesiology and biomechanics and headed for graduate school in that field.

As a player, Chris Lewit played No. 1 for Cornell University and competed on the USTA and ITF pro circuits. As a coach, he has recently worked with several No. 1 junior players in the US and has trained hundreds of nationally ranked juniors. He directs a full-time academy for homeschool/online players and a high performance summer camp program, as well as high performance training for all ages and levels, all at his club in the beautiful green mountains of Manchester, Vermont. Contact Chris directly by phone/WhatsApp 914-462-2912 or chris@chrislewit.com.

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