Busted Racquet

Video: Chair umpires are not safe at the U.S. Open

Chris Chase
Busted Racquet

The U.S. Open is looking like your typical New York Mets infield practice, what with all the errant balls flying around stadiums in Queens.

For the second straight day at the year's final Grand Slam, a shot from a player flew off a racquet and went straight for the chair umpire's perch above the court. When Santiago Giraldo did it on Monday night, it broke the large microphone attached to the chair. The umpire in the Simona Halep-Li Na match wasn't so lucky.

The Mets comparison above may not have been the most apt. If Halep and Giraldo were truly channeling New York's second baseball team, they'd be swinging and missing.

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