Jordan Thompson reacts to a controversial call. Picture: David Caird
Jordan Thompson reacts to a controversial call. Picture: David Caird

‘You never do your jobs!’ Aussies slam umpires

AUSTRALIA'S rising tennis stars have taken aim at Australian Open referees, calling on chair umpires to take a stand on controversial calls.

World No.99 Jordan Thompson blew up at chair umpire Anastasia Kosheleva on day 2 after a controversial hawk eye decision went against him.

Following a late out call on a Thompson ground stroke, which was eventually ruled in, the umpire deemed the point would be replayed rather than awarded it to the Australian.

Jordan Thompson reacts to a controversial call. Picture: David Caird
Jordan Thompson reacts to a controversial call. Picture: David Caird

Given the call from the linesman was late and his opponent, Nicolas Kicker, did not make the resulting shot, Thompson campaigned for the point. However, his efforts fell on deaf ears.

"You guys never do your jobs, never," Thompson yelled at the time.

"Tell me he was going to make the ball, tell me that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the time of the call, Thompson led 2-0 in the deciding fifth set. He went on to lose the final set 6-3.

The 23-year-old remained frustrated with the officiating after his match.

"The way I saw it, he (Kicker) even gave up on that ball," he said.

"He had no intention of making it. He thought it was going out too. I don't know, I'm pretty sure the call was late. He didn't even make the ball and we had to replay the point.

Nick Kyrgios argues with the chair umpire between games after being giving a code violation. Picture: Michael Klein
Nick Kyrgios argues with the chair umpire between games after being giving a code violation. Picture: Michael Klein

"Of course it is frustrating. It is up to the umpire and I think that is a real grey area. I think they have got to fix (it).

"I think (the umpire) said it (the call from the linesman) affected his shot, which obviously I didn't think so. I don't know if you guys have seen it but I'm pretty sure it was a late call."

 

 

 

Support for Thompson came from fellow Aussie Daria Gavrilova, who tweeted "Thomo is right" following his initial blasting of the umpire.

Fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios had a run-in with chair umpire Fergus Murphy last night over his lack of control over a noisy crowd.

Serving for a 4-1 lead in the first set, Kyrgios reportedly told a member of the crowd to "shut the f--- up" during his service motion.

The Australian and Murphy then exchanged words at the end of the set as Kyrgios quizzed the umpire over why he didn't caution the crowd earlier as fans made noise during his service action.

 

Nick Kyrgios argues with the chair umpire between games after being giving a code violation. Picture: Michael Klein
Nick Kyrgios argues with the chair umpire between games after being giving a code violation. Picture: Michael Klein


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