[HD]Line Judge is Hit in the FACE by Mardy Fish's 118mph Serve at Wimbledon
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Published on Jul 4, 2012
The good thing about being a line judge at Wimbledon is you get to see the action, up close and personal.
But it can have its drawbacks... as this line judge discovered after getting hit in the right eye with a ball served at 118mph just as she was calling it out.
The incident occurred on Monday during a fourth-round match between France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish from the U.S.
fter tenth seed Fish unleashed a particularly forceful serve, one tennis commentator cried: 'Oh, ouch that's no so good. She got hit in the eye. That stings, wow.'
As she was escorted away by an umpire, he added: 'She is being ushered to the sidelines and will in all probability have to be replaced.'
Remarking on her bravery, he said: 'She was putting her hand up there, determined to make the call... she still made the call. A real sting in the eye there.'
A spokesman said that while it is Wimbledon policy to make known the names of chair umpires, the names of line judges are not made public.
The game itself turned out to be a real case of the hokey cokey on Court No 2.
Not only did the players go in, out, in, out as they took shelter from the intermittent drizzle over SW19, but each also needed to head off to the locker room at separate stages for medical timeouts.
The match, which had started at 4pm on Monday, did not finish until 5.20pm yesterday, when a thumping ace from the Frenchman, his 20th of the contest, secured a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 fourth-round victory.
Fifth seed Tsonga will today play Philipp Kohlschreiber in an attempt to replicate last year's run to the last four.
When play resumed at noon yesterday, Fish was leading by a set to love.
But Tsonga, 27, was the one to benefit from the overnight delay, holding serve and breaking in the next game.
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