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The War Cry comments on games and judgments 

It is tiring to ensure you’re making the right judgment call

SPORTS fans worried about the number of World Cup matches reducing from four to two a day can put their minds at rest. As from Monday (2 July) the TV schedules will be full of players aiming for game, set and match at Wimbledon.

Taking to the courts will be Brit Johanna Konta, who thrilled her fans last year when she reached the semi-final in the women’s singles.

However, Johanna has had a tough time since. Disappointing results have caused her to slip from her career-high ranking of No 4 in the world. She did reach the final of the Nottingham Open earlier this month, but that match was not without its problems.

In the final set she let rip when the chair umpire failed to overrule a line umpire.

‘This is an absolute joke,’ she said, and pointedly didn’t shake the chair umpire’s hand at the end of the match.

No doubt Johanna will be hoping that Hawk-Eye will prevent similar problems at Wimbledon. However, there will still be an army of line umpires at the championships, among them George Martin.

In this week’s issue George looks forward to his 18th Wimbledon. Last year he was selected as a line umpire at the men’s final and in his interview George explains how tiring it is to ensure you’re making the right judgment call. To help the umpires, in 2007 the tournament introduced Hawk-Eye, which can check the correct call has been made.

Just think how much easier life would be if all the decisions we made could be checked to ensure that they were absolutely correct! But when so many decisions are subjective, that’s never likely to happen.

Which means there will be times when we will have to deal with the mistakes of others and show them the patience we hope they will show us when they have to deal with ours.

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