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 kic...