Hewitt resists move to TV eye
LLEYTON Hewitt has refused to join the stampede calling for the immediate installation of electronic line-calling at all tournaments after a controversial Queen's Club victory.
Hewitt's Stella Artois Championships semi-final success over Tim Henman was lost in a tumult over a series of questionable calls, none as decisive as the one which cost Henman his serve in the third set.
Leading 2-1 with a break, Henman drilled a forehand and the ball appeared to catch the line, only to be called out and costing him the game.
Television replays showed the ball had caught the line.
Incensed, Henman immediately complained and demanded tournament supervisor Thomas Karlberg come to centre court.
After complaining bitterly, Henman failed to gather his composure and lost the remaining four games.
He described the officiating under Italian Manuel Messina as "appalling", agreeing it was the worst of his long career.
Predictably, he is in favour of the use of Hawkeye, a video replay system now used mostly for television, at all events.
"When you're in a match like that where there's so many mistakes, it's obviously going to clear up the vast majority of them," he said.
"I'm in favour of it."
Used for the first time at ATP and WTA level in Miami in March after experimental use at the Hopman Cup exhibition in Perth, Hawkeye allows players to challenge a limited number of calls.
It will be used for the first time at a Grand Slam during the U.S. Open from August 28 and, provided there are no problems, at January's Australian Open.
But Hewitt described the system as "Mickey Mouse".
"I've been a bit sceptical," he said. "I know (Roger) Federer and a few of the guys weren't the biggest fans right off.
"From just my experience in Miami, it felt a little bit Mickey Mouse a couple of times.
"I think a lot of players sort of exploit it at different times.
"If it's going to bring the crowds and viewing into it more, then that's a positive.
"But I don't think we should lose what we've got in the game and not try and turn it into a sideshow too much."
Hewitt's 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory earned the Australian a fourth Queen's final and will guarantee a decent rankings boost ahead of Wimbledon.