Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram protest, Hawkeye, video


Wimbledon doubles pair Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram abruptly ended their overnight quarter-final in a stunning protest against the Hawkeye system.

The pair eventually won a grueling five-set encounter against Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin – but not after refusing to play until the technology was disabled.

There was controversy in the second set when they thought they had broken serve after Roger-Vasselin’s shot appeared to have gone on for a long time, but Hawkeye said otherwise.

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Salisbury then told the referee: “I won’t do it again until you turn it off. The machine is obviously fake, so turn off the machine. There’s no way it’s in there.

It didn’t stop there, with the couple asking the supervisor to intervene.

“I guess there’s a chance we all got it wrong. Maybe we need to get our eyes checked,” Salisbury said.

“There’s no way it’s in there. You know it’s wrong. Can you get the supervisor?’

Playing partner Ram added: “There’s no way man. Not at all. It’s ridiculous.

“We turn off the machine. We’re not in the future here man.

The supervisor came to court and said he would investigate further as the couple insisted it was not working properly.

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They were eventually ordered to continue playing and an All England Club spokesperson later said: “The referee’s office has reviewed the footage and determined there was no reason for s worry about the quality and accuracy of electronic calls during this match.”

Salisbury and Ram then lost the set but rallied to the French pair 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-1 3-6 6-4.

They will now face Australians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in tonight’s semi-final (22:00 AEST).

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