'Awful umpire' from Coco Gauff match ripped by fans after scene in Andy Murray match

After an incident with Gauff, umpire Pierre Bacchi found himself again in a bizarre spot.

by Dzevad Mesic
'Awful umpire' from Coco Gauff match ripped by fans after scene in Andy Murray match
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Andy Murray appeared to be in disbelief after he had to use a challenge to correct calls three times in the same game as tennis fans instantly noticed that the match was officiated by Pierre Bacchi, the same chair umpire who received some pretty strong and criticism for the situation with Coco Gauff last week.

On Monday, former world No. 1 Murray lost the first set of his Dubai first-round match against Denis Shapovalov and was starting the second set on his serve. 

In the opening point of the game, Murray's first serve was called out and it happened right in front of Bacchi, who didn't correct the call from the line umpire. After challenging it, it was revealed that the ball landed it and Murray got an ace and won the point. The exact same happened two points later. Then in the next point, no out calls were made on Shapovalov's return - Murray stopped the point to challenge it - the challenge revealed the Canadian's return was well out. 

At that point, Murray appeared to be a bit stunned and in disbelief. The commentator also appeared to be stunned by the situation, using the word "extraordinary" to describe the whole situation. 

Reacting to the video, a couple of fans instantly noticed that the match was officiated by Bacchi, who received some strong and criticism and backlash for his treatment of Gauff during WTA's tournament in Dubai last week.

Luckily for Murray, he was able to move on from the situation. In the end, Murray won that game and eventually went on to complete a 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 situation. 

What happened with Gauff and Bacchi last week?

Down by a set and serving for a 5-2 lead in her Dubai round-of-16 clash against Karolina Pliskova, Gauff fired a serve that Pliskova didn't return but the American didn't instantly win the point because there was a late out call. After challenging the call and seeing that her serve landed in, Gauff expected to be awarded the point because Pliskova hit her return as if her serve was in. But chair umpire Bacchi didn't think that way, telling Gauff to replay the point instead.

Gauff couldn't believe what was happening and instantly started pleading her case and demanding the supervisor to be called so she could see what's the supervisor's verdict on the situation. But chair umpire Bacchi stunningly refused to call the supervisor even though Gauff had all the right to make that request.

“You called it out after she hit it," Gauff argued... “Call the supervisor… you can’t deny me the supervisor. I’m gonna ask her what the rule is."

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Coco Gauff and Pierre Bacchi© Getty Images Sport - Christopher Pike

After arguing for nearly five minutes, Gauff made her point one final time. 

“Can you not cut me off for two seconds?” Gauff bluntly asked at one point, before adding: "You called the ball way after she hit it. It's not a feeling it's the fact. You called the ball out - I thought it was in - the ball bounced and you said out. It was a late call. Everybody knows you called it out way after she hit it. It should be my point."

Bacchi's treatment of Gauff landed him criticism and backlash as even some tennis greats were left stunned. Chris Evert, one of the most iconic players in tennis history, called out chair umpire Bacchi on X in a pretty strong statement.

"I can't believe what I'm seeing. Coco had every right to see the supervisor, and her request was respectful and clear. What is wrong with him?" Evert wrote on X.

2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick sided with Gauff and highlighted that the American tennis star didn't do anything wrong. 

"This is an absurd exchange for this umpire. 1. He’s completely wrong 2. He’s lying about being wrong. 3. She must have simply said 10 plus times, I’d like the supervisor. That’s not a judgment call. He simply needed to honor that normal request and call the supervisor. Coco did well here. That’s before her opponent also not acknowledging truth (which she certainly didn’t have to do)," Roddick wrote on X.

Gauff won her Dubai match, just as Murray did on Monday

After the incident with Bacchi, Gauff went on to complete a 2-6 6-4 6-3 win over Pliskova. Later, Gauff pretty honestly admitted that the whole situation - where she felt she was unfairly treated - made her extremely motivated to end on the winning side.

On the opening day of this week's ATP Dubai event, Murray didn't confront Bacchi but it was clear that he was left stunned over the situation from the opening game of the second set. But most importantly for Murray, he was able to come back from a set down and beat Shapovalov and start his Dubai run with a win.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

In the Dubai round-of-16 plays, Murray plays with Gael Monfils or Ugo Humbert. If Murray wins his next Dubai match, he will win back-to-back ATP matches for the first time since 2023 February - when he made the Doha final. 

So far this season, Murray is just 2-5 and a strong Dubai run could be exactly what he needs to turn the page around.

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