Ah, the age we live in—when blown-call photo evidence posted to social becomes media fodder.
And here we are, after ATP No. 37 Marton Fucsovics lost 6-1, 7-6 (2) to No. 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Italian Open's round of 64. Despite his mid-match pleas for a call correction, Fucsovics did not persuade the chair umpire to see his foe's serve out as he saw it live and then read it later by the line.
Beyond that, Fucsovics wasn't done with the matter even after the match had concluded.
He made his point on his social accounts, as picked up by various media outlets to boot–and his peers on tour certainly had thoughts as well. It was the all-but-inarguably missed call, and Denis Shapovalov and others weighed in that the pro game's Hawk-Eye technology needs to come to clay courts sooner than later.
"This is brutal in my opinion," Shapovalov wrote. "We need to have Hawkeye on clay. There has to be a way. What do you guys think."
"I didnt want to but I received a lot of request to post it," Fucsovics said in his Instagram Stories post. "If the ball is out then its a double fault, still some chance for me."
He wasn't wrong. He was simply wronged. Memo to Hawk-Eye technology: Come quickly to the clay.