World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has respectfully disagreed with a Novak Djokovic over the line umpires topic as the Spaniard prefers the traditional way of line umpires being present on the court. At this past French Open, world No.
1 Djokovic said it was time for tennis to get past line umpires and start using technology. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, they are all valid and I do not want to create any type of argument," Nadal said, per Sasa Ozmo.
"I prefer the court the traditional way, with line umpores, but I have seen what Djokovic had said at Roland Garros, that he believes that we do not need the line umpires. I do not think that one opinion is better than the other, everyone has their own vision of our sport.
Personally, I prefer the line umpires to what we have here, we have to be able to adapt to the circumstances this world presents us with."
Nadal admits there is a room for tennis to grow as a sport
"If you ask me what I would like to see in the future...
Well, I believe we have room for evolution as a sport as tennis has not changed a lot in the last 50 years, compared to other sports," Nadal continued. "That is a reality, but at the same time, I do not believe that this is the way to improve the show.
I would much rather see the court with line umpires and the chair umpire -- at the end of the day, we can say that the chair umpire is not necessary if we are going in that direction. We can have a video analysis as well, you ask it if you have any doubts, then there is a clock for the time between points...
What I'm getting it is that in the end there can only be two of us players on the court -- it is possible in the terms of technology. But again, personally I want to see the umpires, that there is a human factor, it gives the sport more value and grace."
Meanwhile, 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal owns a 1-1 record after two Round Robin matches played at the Nitto ATP Finals. Nadal, who is aiming to lift his maiden Nitto ATP Finals trophy, will make the semifinal at the tournament if he beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in his final Round Robin match on Thursday.