Welcome to the future.

The Australian Open has entered the high-tech world, upgrading their umpire chairs to lift automatically and swivel as the official turns while watching play.

The design is meant to represent the tournament's official "AO" logo, and the Aussie Open directors hope that the new design is a "revolution" in how officials watch the game.

Sam Groth took a spin on the model, going up very slowly, pretending to give pointers to his practice partner, Madison Keys.

During Tie Break Tens on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic decided to play umpire, but somehow managed to get stuck in the chair. 

Technology does always come with a price, and there will always be a chance of glitches. Get ready to see the new chairs in action starting on Monday. 


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