Mouratoglou calls for the use of VAR in tennis on clay courts

The French coach expressed his opinion on what happened in the Monte Carlo semi-final

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Mouratoglou calls for the use of VAR in tennis on clay courts
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The echo of what happened in the Monte Carlo semi-final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner has continued into these hours and has also bothered the French coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has expressed his opinion on the issue.

Mouratoglou, who is following Holger Rune in this period, explained how there are some problems regarding refereeing that are creating problems for current tennis, the most sensational of which concerns the non-use of VAR.

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Precisely in Monte Carlo, Jannik Sinner was the victim of a sensational mistake by the umpire, in the semi-final against eventual champion of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament Stefanos Tsitspas.

"There are two big problems in tennis regarding refereeing. The first is the absence of the use of VAR. The second is that when the referee makes a big mistake, the supervisor should be able to come onto the court and be able to correct it," explained Mouratoglou in a video shared on Instagram.

Patrick Mouratoglou and VAR in tennis

The former coach of Serena Williams and Simona Halep explained how technology is everywhere and it is - consequently - incomprehensible why it is not used even when it comes to playing on clay.

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"There are images, you look at each other, you take a few seconds, you make the correct decision and you resume calmly. When there are disputes and a player requests the intervention of the Supervisor, he must be given the opportunity to correct the error possible of the chair umpire.

They are human beings. Everyone makes mistakes. But I think it's extremely frustrating for players to see a mistake and not be able to fix it when it's all caught on camera," said the Frenchman.

Mouratoglou believes that using technology on the court would improve players' peace of mind. And this use of Mouratoglou technology would also extend it to cases of dispute over a double bounce.

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