Dan Evans keeps his cool amid Australian Open third-round controversy

Dan Evans kept his cool despite a refereeing argument to beat Jeremy Chardy and advance to the third round of the Australian Open.

Evans struggled for three and a half hours to beat Facundo Bagnis in the extreme heat in the first round, but needed less than two hours to complete a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 win over 35-year-old Chardy. colder conditions.

The veteran Frenchman was enraged in the seventh game of the first set when he faced the breaking point, an incident that occurred during the game when a ball fell from his pocket during the game which would normally cause the point to be replayed.

Jeremy Chardy, left, and Dan Evans shaking hands at the end of the match

Jeremy Chardy, left, and Dan Evans shaking hands at the end of the match (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP)

But German referee Miriam Bley didn’t realize it until a second after Chardy blew the net and gave Evans the point.

Chardy argued his case at length and the bishop was summoned to court, but the verdict remained the same.

Afterwards, he did not hold back and said, “A big mistake made by the referee. I was angry because he has to stop immediately and says he didn’t even see the ball.

“I don’t know what he’s doing because he’s not calling or answering, just saying the score and not watching the point, I don’t know why he’s in the chair. So I p****d and p****d even more when he didn’t tell me he made a mistake.

Chardy believes that referees should face sanctions in such situations, saying: “I told him so. If I miss a point, if I break my racket, I will be penalized. You can make a huge mistake and nothing will happen to you. So I don’t think it’s fair.”

Evans was happy to sit back in his chair and wait for the situation to resolve, and Chardy continued to complain to the referee as the English No.

Evans then broke his serve to start second before escaping with third as Chardy, who played his first tournament since the US Open in 2021 after knee surgery.

Evans said of the incident: “The only part I wanted to clarify is that I was just asking the referee why he was let off. I didn’t see any of what happened, because obviously the game was just around the corner. I think it went a little too far and he got better and then I did a good job of holding.

Dan Evans reaches for the forehand

Dan Evans reaching for the forehand (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP)

“I know Jeremy relatively well, so I really didn’t want the game to go badly. If it was someone I didn’t know very well, I would have hoped he got fired and got a little angry about the situation.

“I really don’t know what to make of what happened. I really don’t know who was right and who was wrong. It was quite a strange situation.”

Evans wants to see the rule change and says: “I think this is the worst rule ever. If a ball comes out of your pocket, it’s your fault.”

The 25-seeded 32-year-old has been performing consistently at grand slams in recent years and is happy to be back in the third round.

“I’ve done my job so far, I’ve won my matches relatively well,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough match, with whomever I play next.”

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