If, as he asserted more than three decades ago, “Chalk flew up!” on a key point in his Wimbledon match against Tom Gullikson, John McEnroe would have preferred that his American opponent had been the one to decide the fate of the point, rather than a stone-faced linesperson.
He told the New York Times in a recent article by John Branch, that he’d prefer tournaments get rid of the linesmen and have players call their own points.
“Probably 95 percent of the balls, they know right away,” he told the Times. “You’re talking about a very small amount. Look at a set, the amount of shots that aren’t obvious to both players.”