Dan Evans Calls for ‘worst rule’ to change in tennis after win over rival Jeremy Chardy and altercation with umpire in second round Australian Open.
After his marathon effort in the first round, it was against Britain’s second-ranked Three-and-a-half hours to beat Facundo Bagnis in scorching heatThurs. morning is easy in comparison. Evans beat the Frenchman 6-4 6-4 6-1 in less than two hours and drew with fifth seed Andrey Rublev on Saturday.
But his latest victory has not been without controversy. His 35-year-old opponent was furious over an incident in the first set when he faced break point and the ball fell out of his pocket mid-match.
exist tennis, the rule requires that the point be replayed in this case. Unfortunately for Chardy, German referee Miriam Bley didn’t realize what was happening until moments after he scored, awarding the crucial point to Evans.
An angry Chardy ensued a lengthy altercation with the officer, and although a supervisor was summoned to court for mediation, the original decision stood. Remaining furious during a discussion with the supervisor, he accused the referee of “lying”.
Then the player later took no prisoners in a post-match interview. “It was a big mistake by the referee. I was pissed because she should have stopped immediately and she said she didn’t even see the ball,” he said. “I don’t know what she’s doing because she doesn’t breathe in or out, she just reports points, if she doesn’t pay attention, I don’t know why she’s sitting in a chair. So I got p***ed, I was even angrier when she didn’t tell me she made a mistake. “
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Chardy added that he believed the referee should have been sanctioned for the situation, while Evans, who sat in his seat throughout the game, later argued that it was the rule, not the incident, that should be scrutinized:” I think it’s the worst rule ever. If a ball falls out of your pocket, it’s your own fault,” he said.
The 32-year-old admitted he felt the saga had lasted “too long”, but he kept his cool, saved serve and won the first set. He also admitted that he didn’t know how to handle the situation.
“I know Jeremy better, so I really don’t want to make it worse,” he continued. “If it was someone I don’t know very well, I would expect him to be irritated and a little angry about the situation. I really don’t know how to understand what happened. I really don’t know who was right and who was wrong. It’s just a very An embarrassing situation.”