Dominic Thiem joins calls for Hawkeye in clay events after he benefited from bad decision

Dominic Thiem has joined the growing list of players calling for Hawkeye to be used at clay court events.

Denis Shapovalov was furious when a key call went against him in his Roland Garros defeat earlier this week, particularly since Hawkeye (which is being used for TV only) backed up his belief the wrong decision had been made.

Thiem was involved in a similar situation at the French Open in his 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win over Casper Ruud, and he’d like to see changes made.

“Today in my match there was a mistake – in my favour actually,” Dominic Thiem told reporters. “Casper showed me the mark on his phone after the match.”

Organisers at clay tennis tournaments have always been reluctant to use the Hawkeye system for a number of reasons.

Dust and dirt kicking up from the surface can interfere with the accuracy, as can the slightly raised lines.

There is also concern about what would happen if a mark in the cly disagreed with a Hawkeye judgement.

However, Thiem cited an example of a tournament he played in Brazil which used a Hawkeye-style system that was specifically set-up for clay court tennis.

“There were not any issues,” he said. “So I hope that next year, we will have it in every clay-court tournament.”

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