On Wednesday, at the start of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli’s three set win over Germans Kevin Krawietz and Maximilian Marterer, umpire John Blom toppled off the chair flat onto his back.
A BALLGIRL was almost crushed at a tennis match in Spain after the umpire's chair collapsed. The remarkable scene took place on Thursday at the Gran Canaria Challenger in Las Palmas. During a last 16 match between Nikola Milojevic and Eduard Esteve Lobato, all appeared to be going as planned before a shocking moment in the second set. When the umpire got out of his seat to check a mark on the court, a gust of wind knocked over the chair.
John Blom lost his footing as he descended the steps of his chair and could not recover 5 He attempted to land but ended up knocking a drink as Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli were left stunned
US Open chair umpire John Blom took a tumble off his perch during Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli's win over Kevin Krawietz and Maximilian Marterer on Wednesday.
Karen Khachanov. A furious Karen Khachanov hit the umpire’s chair and kicked the net during his 6-3, 6-7, 4-6 defeat to Dan Evans in the European Open quarterfinal in Antwerp on Friday evening. Third seed Khachanov, who had a match point in the second set (at 6-5 in the tie-break), lost his temper when the umpire didn’t call an Evans forehand out. It was a crucial juncture in a tense, closely-fought tie-breaker, and gave the Brit a set point.
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• Move the umpire’s chair as close to the court as possible. Allow enough room for players and ball persons to pass in front. • Place the line umpire chairs in a position so that the sun is not in the eyes of the officials. • Open the balls for the warm-up and for the first change. (Make sure there are enough balls for the entire match.)
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