The spring Madrid Masters is set to lose the model ballgirls which for years have lent a special warmth to the decidedly hard-edged ambience of the chrome-look Caja Magica.
The ATP-WTA tournament is famous (or infamous) for the innovation which in its early stages drew political heat for perceived sexism but is by now just a part of the backdrop.
The human element is set for demolition as officials point the clay event toward the Brave New World with their dream of all-electronic linecalling at the upcoming COVID edition due to begin on April 27.
If plans work out, the event will become the first at the elite Masters 1000 level to join the likes of the US and Australian Opens in doing away with extra bodies on court.
Spanish officials have revealed their intention to put the algorithms to work pending the country’s anti-virus outcome closer to the date.
No clay event has ever relied totally on electronics to make the calls on a surface where judgement needs to be even more precise than in tennis played on hardcourt.
Main photo:- Madrid’s model ballgirls to be replaced