Moment of truth tech firms in tennis linecall battle

first_imgA behind-the-scenes battle at the world’s top tennis tournaments pits an upstart newcomer and an established star. Citation: Moment of truth: tech firms in tennis line-call battle (2019, March 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-moment-truth-tech-firms-tennis.html © 2019 AFP Explore further Foxtenn in action at last yeart’s ATP Moselle Open in Metz, eastern Francecenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Hawk-Eye, the British firm that innovated ball-tracking technology, has been ruling the sector for more than a decade.Its famous video simulations of contested line calls at Grand Slam tournaments are known to tennis lovers around the world.They are produced by computer-linked tracking cameras that calculate a flight path and project the ball’s landing point.But start-up FoxTenn from Spain believes it can do better by eliminating doubt from the line-call business.Hawk-Eye, which operates a dozen or so cameras placed around the tennis court, officially acknowledges a three-millimetre or so margin of error in its simulations of where the tennis ball would bounce.For Foxtenn that tiny margin is too wide and it says it can offer real-time technology that eliminates any room for debate.”What we are offering is the technology of truth and transparency, with the actual impact of the ball on the court,” FoxTenn president Javier Simon told AFP.In fact, FoxTenn’s 40 or so cameras around the court, backed up by scanners and lasers, effectively capture the moment of impact of the ball, without need for any simulation. Lobbying hardSimon says the technology has been given a zero-error rating in a study approved by the main tennis federations, the ATP, ITF and the WTA.Simon says that so far around 30 men’s and women’s tennis tournaments have adopted the FoxTenn system, or about 20 percent of the professional circuit.”Our goal is to equip all the tournaments,” he said, particularly the top-tier Masters 1000 events and the four Grand Slams. Within a few months the line-call contracts will be coming to an end at the nine Masters events, and FoxTenn is lobbying hard for a chance to prove its worth.One tournament which already uses Foxtenn, Marseille Open, found that initial difficulties were overcome after two seasons.”At the start, I liked the idea of a challenger for Hawk-Eye, which had a bit of a monopoly,” said tournament director Jean-Francois Caujolle.”Foxtenn seemed lighter to install, a bit cheaper and had real-time images, which is good.”At the start it wasn’t fast enough, but they have made progress, and it’s very good. Maybe it will make Hawk-Eye renovate.”Players have other things to focus on and are rarely directly concerned by behind-the-scenes technology.Roger Federer said he has no idea whether he has been exposed to Foxtenn.”I doubt it. Yeah, I don’t even know about it,” he told AFP.”You know the tournaments I’ve played. I guess there they haven’t used it. Hasn’t it been Hawk-Eye all the way?”French world number 19 Gael Monfils says he is used to Hawk-Eye but thinks FoxTenn may hold a potential edge “because you see where the actual ball landed”. Algorithm predicts the next shot in tennislast_img read more

ECB to cut rates in September QE 20 still on the cards

first_imgBENGALURU (Reuters) – The European Central Bank will cut its deposit rate in September after signalling a bias to do so this month, according to economists in a Reuters poll who do not expect a turnaround in the euro zone’s economic fortunes any time soon. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the European Central Bank (ECB) is pictured outside its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Ralph OrlowskiMajor central banks on both sides of the Atlantic are under pressure to ease monetary policy to keep inflation expectations from collapsing amid slowing global growth, increased trade protectionism and weak economic data. When asked what the ECB was likely to do at its July meeting, two-thirds of economists said the central bank would change its forward guidance towards easing. With inflation well below the central bank’s target and not predicted to pick up soon, the ECB is expected to cut its deposit rate by 10 basis points to an all-time low of -0.50% in September. “We don’t think it will be enough to get inflation back on track towards target. Clearly a 10-basis point move in interest rates doesn’t move the dial really,” said Andrew Kenningham, chief Europe economist at Capital Economics. “But the Governing Council will want to signal that they can do more. This … may have some marginal impact on monetary conditions. But no, I don’t think it will be enough.” Indeed, the July 4-17 Reuters poll of over 100 economists showed the outlook for euro zone growth and inflation — and for most major economies in the region — was at best left unchanged or downgraded compared to previous surveys. At 1.3%, euro zone inflation is lower than where it stood when the central bank stopped its 2.6 trillion euro (£2.3 trillion) asset purchase programme in December. While a majority of economists do not expect the ECB to relaunch asset purchases — known as quantitative easing, or QE — this year, nearly 40% of the respondents expected it to do so, up from about 15% last month. “A rate cut won’t do. While we do think that the ECB will cut rates, we mostly see this as a policy move that will precede the restart of QE,” said Daniele Antonucci, chief euro-area economist at Morgan Stanley. TIME TO PUSH AHEAD The European Commission cut its euro zone growth and inflation outlook last week, citing uncertainty over U.S. trade policy. Quarterly economic growth is set to have slowed to 0.2% last quarter and the consensus points to only a 0.3-0.4% rate of expansion in each quarter through to the end of next year. Inflation, which the ECB targets at just below 2%, is forecast to average 1.3% this year and is not expected to hit the target at any time in the forecast horizon which runs through to 2021. That is likely to give the ECB reason to push ahead with stimulus as hinted at in President Mario Draghi’s speeches over the past month. ECB board member Benoit Coeure said as much in a speech on Wednesday. “Looking ahead, the Governing Council is determined to act in case of adverse contingencies and also stands ready to adjust all of its instruments, as appropriate, to ensure that inflation continues to move towards the Governing Council’s inflation aim in a sustained manner,” Coeure said. The backdrop for the ECB, as for many other global central banks easing policy or considering it, is the U.S.-China trade war and the ructions it has caused. The euro zone is particularly exposed as its economy relies heavily on exports. “I would say the dominant story remains one of trade uncertainty and that will likely dampen the prospects of recovery over the coming six months or so,” said Bert Colijn, a senior economist at ING. All but four of 63 economists who answered a separate question said International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde, who is due to replace Draghi after he leaves in October, would continue with the current policy stance. “I think she’s not uncomfortable being in this position … because she has been a clear supporter of unconventional policy,” said Frederik Ducrozet, strategist at Pictet Wealth Management. (Analysis and polling by Tushar Goenka and Manjul Paul; Editing by Ross Finley and Catherine Evans)Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Streetwise Tunisia end Madagascars dream with 30 quarterfinal win

first_imgCAIRO (Reuters) – Tunisia ended Madagascar’s remarkable Africa Cup of Nations run when they beat the rank outsiders 3-0 in their quarter-final on Thursday, notching their first win of the tournament in the process.Madagascar, a country with little football tradition and who had not been expected to progress beyond the group stage on their first appearance at the finals, held out until the second half when they were undone by Ferjani Sassi’s deflected shot.Youssef Msakni added a second on the hour for the Carthage Eagles, ranked 25th in the world against Madagascar’s 107th, and substitute Naim Sliti finished it off on the break in stoppage time to earn them a semi-final against Senegal on Sunday.Tunisia had drawn their previous four matches at the tournament, beating Ghana on penalties in the last 16. Football 09 Jul 2019 Tunisia take last place in the Cup of Nations quarter-finals Football 08 Jul 2019 Madagascar fairytale continues with shootout win over DR Congo {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} The Indian Ocean islanders had beaten Nigeria on their way to winning their group and then knocked out Democratic Republic of Congo on penalties in the previous round but it was always going to be different proposition against streetwise, if uninspiring, Tunisia.”Today, the bar was too high, Tunisia were too strong for us, they were a very well-organised team. The result was logical,” said Madagascar coach Nicolas Dupuis, who also coaches French fourth-tier side Fleury.”I am very proud of the players and what they have done at this tournament, it’s exceptional. I take off my hat to them.”Despite having more possession, Tunisia were let down by the final pass early on while Madagascar were more incisive on the occasions they went forward.Tunisia began to take control towards halftime, however, and Madagascar goalkeeper Melvin Adrien twice had to dive at the feet of the marauding Tunisian forwards and then parried Wahbi Khazri’s curling free kick around the post.He was then called into action again to save Ghaylen Chaalali’s low drive from 25 metres.Khazri had a goal disallowed for offside at the start of the second half but it was not long before Tunisia went ahead, although it was very tough on Madagascar.Sassi’s shot in the 52nd minute appeared to offer no real threat to Adrien until it took a wicked deflection off Thomas Fontaine to leave the hapless goalkeeper completely wrong-footed.Eight minutes later, Tunisia struck again. Adrien saved Khazri’s shot but was powerless when Msakni collected the rebound, slipped past a defender and planted the ball in the bottom corner.After that, Tunisia decided to sit back on their lead and Madagascar never looked like mounting a fight back.Although they kept pushing forward, their remarkable campaign ended with something of a whimper with Sliti’s breakaway goal in stoppage time rubbing salt into the wounds. (Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge)center_img Related News Football 09 Jul 2019 VAR to be used from Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals Related Newslast_img read more

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