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Frances Tiafoe Blasts ‘F**king Horrible’ Electronic Line Calling At Australian Open

The newest technological development at Melbourne Park has not gone down too well with the American.




Frances Tiafoe has let rip at a new system that has been implemented at the Australian Open following his loss to Novak Djokovic.


The world No.64 vented his bemusement with the electronic line system which has been implemented on all courts at Melbourne Park in a Grand Slam first. Ran by Hawk-Eye live, the technology replaces lines judged by using an automatic calling system on shots in the match. In recent months the software has gained popularity in the sport due to the COVID-19 pandemic as organisers seek to minimise the number of people on court. The system was also used at the US Open last year but lines judges did work on the premier courts.

Players such as Djokovic and Dominic Thiem have previously spoken in favour of electronic line calling but 23-year-old Tiafoe has told reporters that he ‘can’t stand’ it. Pointing out that he believes some mistakes occurred during his second round match and he even joked with Djokovic about it at one stage.

“It was fucking horrible. I hate it. I cannot stand it,” Tiafoe ranted during his press conference.
“It’s gonna take a while to get used to, I guess, if they keep carrying on with it. But, I mean, I’m not a fan.”

Supporters of the technology argue that there is only a small margin for error and it eliminates arguments between players and officials. Hawk-Eye has an estimated 3.6 mm margin of error, which is less than the minimum requirement of five mm put in place by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). According to the managing director of Hawk-eye Live, James Japhet, 225,000 calls were made with only 14 errors during the first week of the US Open.

Although Tiafoe is quick to point out that it is not a perfect system based on his experiences in Melbourne this year.

“It’s technology, right? It’s gonna make mistakes. That’s just a fact. How sometimes we hit the side of the net and they are saying out,” he said.
“I played my first round, it was like 2-All or — something. I hit a serve, I have a ball on top of the net. Out of nowhere, the electronic calling is screaming, Stop.’
“What is that? And then I end up losing the game. Okay, that’s a problem. Sorry, malfunction. Well, thousands and thousands of dollars, malfunction?”

Unfortunately for the American he admits there is not much he can do about it as the enthusiasm for the electronic line calling increases. Although he is unlikely to change his view on the matter anytime soon.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan. It is what it is. I think there will be misses. Things are happening so fast. I get technology is at a crazy high level. I’m just not a believer in it,” he explains.
“They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. It doesn’t matter what I say. They’re not gonna change anything because Frances Tiafoe said it. I’m never gonna be for it.”

Tiafoe will still get to experience the wonders of the line calling system later this week when he plays in the doubles tournament. He is paired up with Nicholas Monroe.


Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.




Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.


The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag




Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 


Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.




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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.


The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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