The referee's mistake, which has certainly not been seen many times in the history of tennis, happened at the highest level - at the tournament in Bogota. Australian Astra Sharma, currently the 134th tennis player in the world, has every reason to be angry, since they took the game from her with the result 1: 1 in the third set of the match with Giulia Gato-Monticone from Italy.
In the end, the Italian celebrated with 4: 6, 7: 5, 6: 1, but really few could remain stable after what happened. With the result 1: 1 in the third set, Gatto-Monticone served and it was 0-30. Luis David Armenta Castro, the referee in that match, came down in the third point of the game to check if the Italian's ball ended up in the out.
He confirmed that, but instead of declaring the result 0-40, he reversed the situation and said that the current result is 30-15 for Gatto-Monticone. After that, Sharma lost one point, to win the next one and correctly assumed that she made a break.
However, the referee announced: 40-30. "No, that's not right. That's not right at all. I think the players are confused too. This is very unusual, "the commentator said on TV. An unusual is a small word, and Gatto-Monticone took the next point and, judging by the referee Armenti Castro, also the game.
Sharma failed to get an argument with the judge and then questioned herself if she was wrong. However, the 25-year-old Australian was so shaken that she lost the next four games.
Later, on the social network Twitter, Sharma revealed that she was told to give up in the discussion despite the obvious mistake of the referee "It was a shame.
I was told that he was not sure of the result, but since I could not tell him how I won those points, I could not postpone the match by arguing with him, "Sharma wrote. What particularly annoyed the Australian was the reaction of the tournament supervisor.
"The WTA supervisor told me that I should learn a lesson and in the future concentrate more on the result instead of tennis," added Sharma. Without wanting to exaggerate, we do not remember when anything similar happened, especially at the highest level.
Scandal. After this, it should be well considered what to do and how to punish the referee who made a huge mistake. The referee's mistake, which has certainly not been seen many times in the history of tennis, happened at the highest level - at the tournament in Bogota.