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Coco Gauff says lack of video replays in tennis ‘ridiculous’

Coco Gauff of the USA argues with the chair umpire over a line call during her French Open tennis semi-final match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Coco Gauff called for video replays to be used for controversial calls in tennis after getting into a heated exchange with the chair umpire during her French Open semifinal loss to Iga Swiatek on Thursday.

In the fourth game of the second set of Gauff’s 6-2, 6-4 loss, the referee overturned an out call for a Swiatek serve, before awarding the point to the world number one.

Gauff protested that the linesman’s original decision came before she had completed her return attempt, which went wide.

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“They are booing because you are wrong,” Gauff told the referee as the Philippe Chatrier Court crowd booed.

“This is the second time this has happened. It’s a Grand Slam semi-final. Know the rules of the game.”

Gauff broke Swiatek’s serve in that game anyway, but later told reporters that changes should be made so that such decisions were not made by a single person without the use of any technology.

“In other sports there are usually several referees to make a decision,” said the US Open champion.

“I think I know the US Open brought some of that last year. I know we used it on our doubles at one point.

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“I definitely think at this point it’s almost ridiculous that we don’t have it.

“I’m not just talking because that happened to me, but I think every sport has it… So many decisions are made, and it sucks as a player to come back or be online and see that you were absolutely right…

“I definitely think that as a sport we have to evolve and we have the technology. “They are showing it on television, so I don’t understand why the player can’t see it.”

That break of serve gave Gauff a 3-1 lead in the second set, but it was all one way from there as Swiatek advanced to her fourth Roland Garros final and her 11th win in 12 matches against the American. .

“It was just one of those moments, but I got through it. Obviously I won that match,” added Gauff, 20, who will become world number two next week.

“I usually don’t get too frustrated with decisions like that, but I think it was just a combination of everything that happened at the time.”

Swiatek, who is one win away from a third consecutive Roland Garros title, admitted that having reps would be “easier.”

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“I think it would be easier to have the replay, but… I don’t know what it would be like logistically,” he said. “When can you ask a referee to request a video replay or when is it up to her to do it?”



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