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(Before anyone jumps to the conlcusion that I am a Hewitt fan trying to justify Lleytons loss to chris - I'm not, well done to Gooch on a big win and a fine week :clap2:.) I just thought that this article I read might be intertesting to MTF'ers:

UP TO 40 per cent of Australian tennis umpires and line judges - branded "useless" by Lleyton Hewitt this week - have flawed vision, a sports vision expert says.

Patrick Gerry said 11 of the top 24 chair umpires he tested for Tennis Australia before the 2006 Australian Open failed, but the governing body ignored his recommendations.

The most common reason for failing the test was poor depth perception, which is critical when judging whether a ball is in or out.

"I think it is wrong that Lleyton has attacked the umpires," Mr Gerry said. But he said Hewitt should be pressing Tennis Australia to do more to help them minimise their mistakes.

"Poor depth perception does affect the person's ability to determine where something is … It's absolutely critical in deciding if the ball is in or out.

"The umpires have definite issues that Tennis Australia has known about for two years and have chosen to do nothing about … Their depth perception problems have been identified and I can't believe Tennis Australia has failed to follow up and correct it.

"Lleyton Hewitt has put pressure on Tennis Australia to change the court surface. He should now put pressure on Tennis Australia to make sure their umpires have their vision up to the top standard."

The former world No.1 fumed this week after a few decisions contributed to his narrow defeat by his compatriot Chris Guccione at the Sydney International. Hewitt said he felt "unlucky" to lose and described the standard of umpiring on the men's tour as "pretty ordinary".

Mr Gerry, who has worked with the Australian Institute of Sport, Cricket Australia, the AFL, and NRL clubs and umpires, said the tennis umpires' problems identified during the test two years ago could be rectified within weeks.

"There's a series of exercises we do with prisms, bending light which can train the eye to correct any misalignment. With poor depth perception the eyes don't line up correctly, but we have these visual sensory exercises that can fix the problem in six weeks. Then it's fixed for life. Many cricketers and AFL footballers have had their depth perception fixed.

The tennis umpires he tested were keen to get as much help as possible, he said.

The International Tennis Federation code says officials must be in good physical condition and must have natural or corrected vision of 20-20. International chair umpires must submit to an eye test each year and all certified officials must do so every two years.

However, three of the chair umpires Mr Gerry tested failed their visual acuity test. "Even though they are required to have top vision, 12 per cent failed on visual acuity," Mr Gerry said. "There's nothing that has forced them to do anything about it. The idea when I tested these umpires was that the Australian Open umpires would be better prepared than the other umpires at grand slams."

There is no mention in the federation's code of depth perception.

The director of the Australian Open, Craig Tiley, said all officials had top eyesight. "All Australian officials are tested every two years and ITF-certificated officials are tested every year," he said. "There is no question they meet the ITF standard." All officials were tested on depth perception in the federation's testing.

Mr Tiley was not in office at the time Mr Gerry carried out his tests.


More relevant to tourney's without Hakw-eye. What do you guys think, important issue or a bunch of nothing?

BTW: Here's the link ti the article: http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/te...o-umpires-sight/2008/01/11/1199988590639.html
 

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When will Llyeton's complaining end? He should man up and win.
 

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Well there are no new quotes from Lleyton in the article, this article aint about him - maybe you should tell Patrick Gerry to shut up:confused:
 

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Taking Hewitt completely out of it- I think that it is kinda nutty that three chair umps failed their tests. It is very important that they have perfect eyesight.
 
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