Being a chair umpire at a tennis match seems like a pretty sweet job on the surface: You get an awesome view of world class tennis. You sit in the shade. You get to have your voice projected into a microphone between every point.
But upon closer inspection, it isn't such a cushy gig. Not only do you have to deal with meltdowns from millionaires who believe you misjudged how a ball bounced by a fraction of a centimeter, but you also apparently get hit by said ball from time to time.
Yesterday during a U.S. Open match between Simona Halep and Li Na, the chair umpire took an errant ball right to her side as she was looking away causing a tremendous thump on the microphone.
There's no word on whether Halep, who hit the ball, argued the umpire's call that it was out of play.
Hat tip to Busted Racquet!
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