"I'm fed up with the umpires, flat full stop": Dan Evans fumes at level of officiating in French Open first round loss

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 at 18:40
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As the British stars all felt the wrath of being defeated early at the 2024.French Open, Dan Evans was one who took it out more than most with the Brit taking it out on the umpires in a scathing assessment of ATP officiating.
Evans used his match as an example with a 4-6, 4-6, 4-6 defeat to the Dane and he said that the umpires stemmed any potential comeback into the tie. The Brit was leading 4-2 in the third set before umpire Jaume Campistol came down to review a mark in the clay. The decision went in favour of the Brit, but the delay didn't help as he lost his serve and subsequently the match.
He raged at the umpire during the tie about this and did so post match also. A similar incident also happened in Rome with Mohamed Lahyani seeming to have checked the wrong mark during a match against Fabio Fognini in Rome. A decision that went in the Italian's favour and he launched into a tirade as a result.
"I'm fed up with the umpires, flat full stop," Evans told the media afterwards. "I'm waiting to serve. It's freezing on the court. The match was flowing great and then just stopped in the middle. That's not the reason I lost and that's just part of the issue, part of the problem, but he'll be back in work again tomorrow.
"On the whole, the umpiring is good. The clay is a difficult surface. But definitely having a conversation on somebody else's serve, you don't see it in any other sport. In rugby, they get 10 metres or whatever, squash you're not allowed, it's no talking. We just sit there and have a conversation. We've seen many cases of it."
"I actually got fined in Rome for my language. I made a point of looking at my prize money receipt and I was fined," Evans added.

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