Maria Sakkari: Bath Fed Cup line judges are ‘worst I’ve ever seen in my life’

Sakkari was not impressed (Picture: Getty)

Maria Sakkari has not been impressed with the standard of line judges at the Fed Cup in Bath, describing the officials as the ‘worst’ she’s ever seen.

The Greek world No. 38 was beaten by top-ranked Brit Johanna Konta in a tight three-setter on Thursday night, a result that ensured Greece would not progress to the next round.

Her team-mate Valentini Grammatakopoulou had earlier criticised the standard of officiating at the University of Bath after her defeat to Katie Boulter but Sakkari went even further, describing their efforts as ‘unacceptable’.

‘Yeah they are terrible. Since the first round,’ Sakkari said after the 4-6 6-2 6-3 loss. ‘They’re the worst I’ve ever seen in my life. This is unacceptable.

Konta picked up a vital win for Great Britain (Picture: Getty)

‘Because we have many players in the top 100, we are playing with poor balls, nine and 11 change, and with line umpires that have never worked in their life. That’s what I want to say.’

Asked if Hawk Eye should be in use at the event, she added: ‘Of course we should. The chair umpires are great, but the line umpires are the worst I have ever seen in my life.

‘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.

‘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.’

Grammatikopoulou had earlier criticised the officials (Picture: Getty)

Konta, who was evidently perplexed by several calls herself while on court, wouldn’t join her opponent in criticising the line officials and insisted the calls made little impact on Thursday’s results.

‘I have to be diplomatic as I can,’ the Brit 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. My brother is an official so I am sympathetic to them a little more these days.’


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