Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas absolutely believes it's time for Hawk-Eye to be introduced on clay as he thinks the system should be used on all surfaces -- not only hard and grass. On Thursday, No. 5 seed Tsitsipas handed a straight-set defeat to Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round at the French Open.
"I think it's for sure time for Hawk-Eye on clay. I don't understand why they haven't proceeded. But if technology allows us to do far beyond more things than that [...] then I do believe they should implement that into tennis," Tsitsipas said, per Nikolaus Fink.
"The surface doesn't really matter. [...] I fully support that there should be Hawk-Eye in every surface on tennis, regardless of whether it's clay or grass. I know it does leave a mark, but sometimes it's not as accurate as people think it is."
Tsitsipas performed well after a tough opener
Tsitsipas struggled a lot in his first round clash at the French Open but eventually avoided a shock exit as he recovered from two sets down to beat Jaume Munar. Two days later, Tsitsipas delivered a much better performance against Cuevas, who is known as a clay-court specialist on the Tour.
Tsitsipas plays next against Aljaz Bedene, who beat Nikola Milojevic. Mranwhile, German qualifier Daniel Altmaier was in great spirits after claiming one of the biggest wins of his career to make his maiden third round at a Grand Slam.
Altmaier, ranked at No. 186 in the world, defeated fellow compatriot Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 to set up a third round meeting against No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini. "Personally I'm very happy because I was able to perform pretty well from the first point on," Altmaier said after beating Struff, per Sky Sports.
"Today I knew it's going to be a very mental battle because it's going to depends who is going to take the intensity first. So I was quite high, let's say, emotionally, also my intensity was high, so this was really like emotionally I was able to block everything away and really focus on performing and get that intensity all the time going.
So that was the main thing today. "My luck was three sets, so was very good." When asked if he was a serve and volley type of player, Altmaier responded: "No, I'm a machine."