‘Hawk-Eye is not accurate and it’s a big problem for tennis,’ says Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon says Hawk-Eye is ‘not at all accurate’ and that is causing a ‘big big problem’ for tennis, especially in the standard of umpiring. 

Simon crashed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday as he was comprehensively beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas on Rod Laver Arena.

However, he used his post-match press conference to express his frustrations at the electronic line calling that has replaced line-judges in recent months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The main problem is that it’s not at all accurate, that’s the big, big problem,” Simon said.

“Surprisingly the players prefer a machine error to a chair umpire error, otherwise we always have the idea that it’s personal – we’re paranoid and we always have the idea that the umpire is blaming us personally, and that’s why he’s making a mistake.

“But with the machine, you can’t push your paranoia quite that far. It’s a problem because there are big differences – especially here where you can see the marks really, really well.

“You can see that the call that’s been made is not where the mark is. So it’s a problem.

“In Cologne there were big officiating errors – it is impartial, it’s neutral, but there are times when we’d like the calls to be correct.

“And surprisingly, I think we miss the challenges. I think people and the players actually like the challenges – it was a nice mix to be able to resort to the video three times – something happened.

“Obviously now you can’t challenge a ball that’s been called out by the machine.”

Simon also says he is seeing a serious decline in umpiring standards in tennis, and he can’t help but wonder whether it is connected to an over-reliance on the Hawk-Eye system.

“And mainly what I least like with Hawk-Eye Live is – and I don’t know if there’s a connection, and for a while I’ve thought it’s getting worse – the level of umpiring has gone a way down.

“The umpires are maybe a little less connected during points. And there are a lot of ‘let’ calls – and if it’s not the machine they don’t see it.

“Now I think they are just obsessed about the time [between points]. I think I already talked about this at Roland Garros.

“I have the impression they only have one mission – to give you a warning the second you get to the 25th second.

“That’s all there is. That’s what you feel when you go for your towel – this kind of permanent stress.

“I don’t know if it’s because umpires are making fewer announcements, are they more vigilant with what’s happening on the court or what’s happening off it?

“That’s all that’s left for them to do and they do it with a zeal and, unfortunately, that’s not a good thing.

“Basically, there’s something that’s not working well on court these days.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes to.

Other News

Novak Djokovic on Rafael Nadal final: ‘It’s great to play my biggest rival of all time again’

Novak Djokovic will face his 'biggest rival of all time' Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters on Sunday in what will...

Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic Rome final: ‘I will need to play my best tennis’

Rafael Nadal once again proved his clay court mastery as he eased past Reilly Opelka and into the final of the Rome Masters.Many were...

‘I’ll give it my all!’ – Novak Djokovic says he will be ready for Rafael Nadal showdown

Novak Djokovic has pledged to 'give his all' when he comes up against old foe Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters...

Andy Murray bad luck continues as he misses French Open due to continued ‘discomfort’

Andy Murray will skip the French Open and warm-up tournaments, and go straight to prepare for grass court season instead, it has been reported.Murray...

‘Serena has little chance at Roland Garros, but a very good chance at Wimbledon,’ says Navratilova

Serena Williams has 'very little chance' of winning Roland Garros and she knows it, says Martina Navratilova, but Wimbledon will be different.Williams suffered an...

Andy Murray rejects Geneva wild card due to ‘injury,’ claims tournament chiefs

Andy Murray appears to have suffered a fresh injury blow with Geneva chiefs claiming he rejected a wild card due to injury.Murray had planned...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here