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Zverev frustrated by line call after French Open final heartbreak

Alexander Zverev rued the absence of electronic line calling at the French Open following his five-set defeat by Carlos Alcaraz in Sunday’s (June 9) final, where the German was on the wrong end of a controversial decision that ultimately proved costly.

Alcaraz outlasted Zverev 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2 and there was a crucial moment in the decisive set with Alcaraz serving at 2-1 and 15-40. The Spaniard’s second serve was called out, but the chair umpire checked the mark and called it in.

Zverev protested in vain and later said he had been proved right by the Hawk-Eye system, which is available to the media at the French Open but not to officials on court.

“I heard at 2-1 the second serve was out. From the Hawk-Eye data, I saw that. I break back there, I have break chances and then in the next service game, the fifth set can go the other way,” a dejected Zverev told reporters.

“But it is what it is. Look, he played fantastic. He played better than me in the fourth and fifth sets.”

Among the Grand Slams, the U.S. Open and Australian Open (both hardcourts) have had electronic line calling in recent years while Wimbledon (grasscourt) has stuck with human line judges but the players are able to challenge calls.

The French Open is not in favour of replacing line judges as traces left by the ball on the clay help referees check decisions.

(Reuters)

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