During the Rogers cup tournament in Canada this past week, there was an interesting call (non-call) during the quarterfinal match between Canadian Milos Raonic and Juan Martin del Potro. But was it the right call?
Raonic won the first set, but was down the service break (del Potro serving 4-3) in the second set when the call took place. He came to the net and hit a ground stroke but his foot touched the net as he moved forward after the stroke.
Before the next point began, they showed the replay on the big screen in the stadium and it showed that he touched the net before the ball bounced a second time; therefore he should have lost the point. But the referee Mohamed Lahyani (perhaps the best referee in the business) did not see it and did not call it.
On the changeover, he said to an upset del Potro, “I followed the ball and then I see this [Roanic touching the net],” Layhani said. “I missed it. I have to see two things. I have to follow where the ball bounced. … I have to see both things. It’s very tough. … It’s a human mistake. At least I’m honest.”
In the post-match interview, when Raonic was asked about it, he responded, “I guess I was lucky the referee didn’t see it.”
After that wrong call, all the energy went out of the injured del Potro (he had a bad back as well; and perhaps would look forward to an extra couple of days off) and he did not win another point in the match.
Here are the questions to answer…
• Should/could the referee have reversed his call based on what he saw on replay right after the point was played?
• Since tennis is a game of honor, should Raonic have called it upon himself (which he would have been expected to do in a non-officiated match)?
• Should they have instant replay in tennis?
What do you think?
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