Unbelievable slo-mo hook by @OhioStateMTEN’s John McNally yesterday at 7-6, 6-6 (4-2) vs. Illinois.— Alex Bancila (@TheAlexBancila) April 15, 2019
Neither OSU nor McNally need to resort to this????????to win. No way coach Ty Tucker approves of this. It’s embarrassing.@bgtennisnation @Parsa_Nemati @MikeCTennis @DrewEberly pic.twitter.com/X0Z8TJHhzN
If you have ever played in, or watched a college tennis match, you know there are plenty of questionable calls because, most of the time, players call their own lines. While there are usually chair or roving umpires present, and even linesmen, they're only there to assist in players making calls.
In Sunday's match between Big-Ten powerhouses Illinois and Ohio State, Buckeyes No. 2 singles player John McNally seemingly stole a crucial point from Illinois’ Alex Brown. McNally was leading 4-2 in the second-set tiebreak (after winning the first set in a tiebreaker). In the video, the ball looks well inside the baseline, and somehow the chair umpire did not make the overrule.
Brad Gilbert had a lot to say about it.
@College10s2day he should be suspended for next match, if I were in the chair immediately defaulted, also one ☝️ game suspension for the coach allowing this to happen or not disciplining him instantly https://t.co/rC0eZay1YM— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) April 16, 2019
i would hope not, but he did if so casual was like he done ✅ it before probably in same match https://t.co/DzQgjWtKNy— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) April 16, 2019
McNally won the match 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) to clinch the 4-2 win for the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes. The win moved Ohio State up to No. 1 in the rankings on Monday.
With more and more college matches being televised and streamed online, players may need to really start focusing on good sportsmanship, or risk going viral.