On Wednesday, at the start of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli’s three set win over Germans Kevin Krawietz and Maximilian Marterer, umpire John Blom toppled off the chair flat onto his back.
During a last 16 match between Nikola Milojevic and Eduard Esteve Lobato, all appeared to be going as planned before a shocking moment in the second set. When the umpire got out of his seat to check a mark on the court, a gust of wind knocked over the chair. And the ballgirl crouched next to the official's seat looked set to be crushed in tragic circumstances when the wind sent the structure tumbling.
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John Blom lost his footing as he descended the steps of his chair and could not recover 5 He attempted to land but ended up knocking a drink as Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli were left stunned
US Open chair umpire John Blom took a tumble off his perch during Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli's win over Kevin Krawietz and Maximilian Marterer on Wednesday.
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• Move the umpire’s chair as close to the court as possible. Allow enough room for players and ball persons to pass in front. • Place the line umpire chairs in a position so that the sun is not in the eyes of the officials. • Open the balls for the warm-up and for the first change. (Make sure there are enough balls for the entire match.)
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