Great excitement at Wimbledon!
In the men’s doubles quarterfinals on Wednesday, Joe Salisbury (30/England) and Rajeev Ram (38/USA) briefly refused to continue playing against the French duo Nicolas Mahut (40) and Édouard Roger-Vasselin (38).
The reason was a wrong decision by the Hawk-Eyes from the point of view of Salisbury/Ram!
With the score at 5:5 in the second set, the number 1 seeded duo already thought they had a break to make it 6:5 after a ball from the French seemed to sail out of bounds. However, Mahut/Roger-Vasselin opted for a challenge and were successful. The Hawk-Eye showed that the ball had just barely touched the baseline – so point for them.
A clear wrong decision for Salisbury and Ram. They shouted indignantly at referee Fergus Murphy: “No way, man! This is absolutely ridiculous.”
And further: “That will not do. Absolutely no way. We turn off the machine. We’re not in the future here, man. There’s no chance that’s in there. You know it’s wrong. Can you get the supervisor?”
Salisbury therefore refused to continue playing until the hawk-eye was switched off – which referee Murphy refused several times.
Finally, a short time later, a supervisor came on the pitch and promised to look into the matter before asking Salisbury and Ram to continue with the game. The American and the Englishman did the same – but lost the second set 6:7.
Ram in particular was visibly irritated before the third set and sat shaking his head in his chair. After the third game of the set, which the British-American duo won 6-1, the court supervisor reappeared and told the incredulous Ram that he thought the decision was correct.
In the end, the strike duo could still celebrate. They won after five sets 6: 3, 6: 7, 6: 1, 3: 6, 6: 4 and are in the semi-finals of the grass classic. There they now meet the Australian duo Matthew Ebden (34) and Max Purcell (24).
Ram and Salisbury have won two Grand Slam titles in doubles – the 2020 Australian Open and the 2021 US Open. It has not yet been enough to win Wimbledon.
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