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Sakkari lashes out at line judges after Greece fall to Great Britain in Fed Cup: 'They're the worst I've ever seen in my life'

Andrew Hendrie in News 8 Feb 2019
  • Great Britain defeated Greece 3-0 in Fed Cup action on Thursday in Bath
  • Sakkari condemned the line judges after her loss to Konta
  • Greek No. 1 labels them as the worst she's ever seen
Maria Sakkari during her Fed Cup defeat to Johanna Konta in Bath (Photo by Getty Images)

Maria Sakkari has let rip at officials after Greece lost their Fed Cup tie against Great Britain on Thursday in Bath, England, describing them as the ‘worst she’s ever seen in her life’.

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Sakkari was speaking after going down to Great Britain’s Johanna Konta 4-6 6-2 6-3, a loss which eliminated Greece’s chances of qualifying from the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1.

The high-quality match was overshadowed by multiple controversial line calls, with hawk eye technology not available at the Bath University tennis complex.

“Yeah they are terrible. Since the first round,” Sakkari said of the line judges. “They’re the worst I’ve ever seen in my life. This is unacceptable.
“Because we have many players in the top 100, we are playing with poor balls … and with line umpires that have never worked in their life. That’s what I want to say.”

Sakkari said she was happy with the performance of the chair umpires, but continued to condemn the lines-people.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain celebrates her win (Photo by Getty Images)
“There were mistakes for both sides, I am not saying that they always do mistakes only for us, but of course there are more mistakes for our side. But there were quite a lot of mistakes,” she said.
“I think it’s very tough for all the players to play with very bad line umpires on court. We are used to playing with very good professionals and we come here, it’s a very high level Fed Cup tie, we need to have good professionals on our court.”

Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong, who’s brother James works as an umpire on the ATP World Tour, declared the controversial calls didn’t decide the outcome of the matches.

“I have to be diplomatic as I can,” Keothavong said. “The line calling today didn’t affect the outcome of the matches.
“There were tight line calls, the bad line calls went both ways and how many times do you go through a tournament without a player questioning a line call? There is a lot of tension out there and players see what they want to see.”

Earlier, Katie Boulter gave great Britain the initial lead after she battled to a 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory over Valentini Grammatikopoulou, while Katie Swan and Harriet Dart completed the clean sweep of the tie with a 6-1 6-4 doubles triumph.

Great Britain will now take on Hungary in a winner-takes-all showdown on Friday to decide who qualifies from Pool A of the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1.


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Sakkari lashes out at line judges after Greece fall to Great Britain in Fed Cup: "They're the worst I've ever seen in my life"

Maria Sakkari has let rip at officials after Greece lost their Fed Cup tie against Great Britain on Thursday in Bath, England, describing them as the ‘worst she’s ever seen in her life’.

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