The job of tennis umpire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Not only do the on-court officials have to deal with occasional meltdowns from angry players, but they also must be prepared to take tennis balls to the head, apparently.
During the third-set tiebreaker in Wednesday morning’s Australian Open match between Viktor Troicki and Nick Krygios, Troicki attempted to return a Kyrgios serve, but inadvertently drilled the umpire in the face. The ump wasn’t hurt, and shared a laugh with Troicki after the play.
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As for the match, Troicki put up a strong fight against Krygios, but the No. 17-ranked Australia native ultimately outlasted Troicki three sets — 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(2).
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