The uniform for a line judge at Wimbledon includes a blue blazer with white accents and a pair of light-colored pants. There is a sweater with the same color scheme. All together, it's quite a smart look and adds to the atmosphere at the All-England Club.
But after what happened to this line judge, they might want to add a helmet or a set of protective goggles.
Mardy Fish was serving against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga early in their fourth-round match at Wimbledon when a female line judge was stuck in the face by the American's 118-mph serve. The shot whirled past Tsonga and appeared to hit the judge in the right eye, but not before she was able to audibly rule a fault.
After Tsonga quickly went to check on her, the judge was led off the court to applause from the crowd, despite initially refusing a replacement for herself. No further injury was reported, but the match was later postponed due to rain.
This isn't the first instance of a line judge injury this year. Just last month David Nalbandian injured a judge after kicking a small barrier in frustration.
Perhaps there could be shin guards issued with those helmets..
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