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Australian Open to implement video replays
2006-10-03 00:08:46 Xinhua English

CANBERRA, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Next year's Australian Open will introduce an instant replay challenge system for disputed line calls.

The Australian Open will be the second grand slam tournament after the 2006 U.S. Open to implement the system. Although the technology had been used at the last Hopman Cup in Perth and other ATP events.

The system will only be used on 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 organizers were yet to decide if they would limit the number of challenges or allow unlimited challenges.

Prize money for the Jan. 15-28 tournament will increase to an exactly 20 million Australian dollars (US$14.95 million; euro 11.73million), with the men's and women's singles winners earning A$1.28 million (US$960,000; euro750,000) apiece. Enditem

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