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You wouldn't think a tennis line judge would have a dangerous job. But two weeks after a player was defaulted for having a temper tantrum that injured a line judge, another line judge was hurt Monday.
This time, at Wimbledon. American Mardy Fish hit a 118-mph serve into the right eye of a female line judge.
Fish led Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-3 in the first set and crushed a serve up the middle, wide. The line judge yelled that the ball was out, and the next sound you heard was a thud off her face.
Tsonga turned to make sure she was OK: "Do you want a chair?" he asked.
She waved him off, apparently embarrassed. But then she wobbled and said, "Eyes are watering."
Tsonga turned to the chair umpire, winced and then waved for someone to come help. The woman was helped off.
A fluke? Well, two weeks ago, in the final of a Wimbledon warm-up tournament, player David Nalbandian, who was leading, was angry after losing his serve. He was standing near a line judge, looking for something to kick.
No, he didn't kick the judge. He wasn't even angry at the judge. But Nalbandian kicked the low box that goes around the judge's chair. A board shattered into the line judge's leg, and he started to bleed.
Nalbandian was defaulted, and Scotland Yard began a criminal investigation.
And that brought up debates and comparisons/contrasts from a few years ago at the US Open, when Serena Williams, unhappy with a line judge's call of footfault, waved her racket in the judge's face and threatened to shove a ball down her throat.
Suggestion for line judges: Forget the blue blazers with white piping. Try body armor.
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Mardy Fish, fault! Oh! Ball across the nose. Eyes are watering.
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For those of you who wanted to be a Wimbledon line judge when you grow up, the below video might change your mind.
During a fourth-round match between Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a hard serve from Fish ended up deflecting into the face of a female line judge behind Tsonga:
The line judge would be okay and for those of you who want to know, the serve was 118-miles per hour.
If there is one thing we have learned this grass season, it’s that being a line judge is dangerous business. Thankfully, this time it was purely accidental. And since she’s okay, it’s rather funny too.
And how sweet was Jo checking to make sure she was okay. I know many a girl who would take a ball to the face to get Jo’s attention…
A lineswoman at Wimbledon had to leave the court Monday after accidentally being hit in the face by a serve from Mardy Fish during the first set of his fourth round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The 118 mph serve bounced off the court and hit the lineswoman in the eye. The lineswoman might have been able to move out of the way, but she stayed in her position to make...
EYE ON THE BALL
It's been a rough few weeks for line judges in tennis. After a line judge was the innocent victim of David Nalbandian's outburst last month, another line judge is the innocent victim of a fluke incident at a tennis match. This time it came on tennis' biggest stage at Wimbledon during a quarterfinals match between Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Fish unleashed a 118...
A Wimbledon line judge has to be replaced after failing to get out of
the way of a Mardy Fish serve during his match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,
the Frenchman rushing to the aid of the judge, who is then escorted
off-court by the umpire.
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That is definitely going to leave a mark.
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