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Brad Gilbert shocked by Jelena Ostapenko’s ‘ridiculous’ complaints at Australian Open

Brad Gilbert thought it was “ridiculous” to see Jelena Ostapenko question the accuracy of the electrical wiring system at the Australian Open and complain about “balls that were deep.” On Monday, Ostapenko exited the Australian Open after Elena Rybakina handed her a 6-2 6-4 defeat.

Throughout their quarterfinal match, Ostapenko was visibly frustrated by the electric line system. Gilbert, who famously worked with the great Andre Agassi, couldn’t believe what he saw. “Penko sees balls that are way in and points to marks 6 inches beyond ridiculous,” Gilbert tweeted during the match between Ostapenko and Rybakina.

In another tweet, Gilbert wondered what it would be like if Ostapenko played someone without streaks.

“Can you imagine playing Penko without lines people with players making the calls,” Gilbert said in another tweet.

Gilbert thought Ostapenko was complaining for no reason

After losing to Rybakina, Ostapenko made it very clear that she felt the electric line system was not working properly during her quarterfinal match.

“I’m not really happy with the system they use. But a couple of times it was really, like, not even by a couple of inches. It was a lot more than that. But I can’t do anything about it because that’s the way But I’d like some lines, sometimes the system doesn’t ignore, as you say, no, but sometimes the calls are — first of all, sometimes they’re really delayed.

You already hit the ball and then you hear ‘Out’, which is usually not the way it is with the linesmen. And secondly, some balls were quite, as they say, not a little out. They were a little out and they weren’t called,” Ostapenko said.

Reactions to the electrical wiring system have been mostly positive ever since it was introduced. Many feel that the electric line system is absolutely fantastic because players can always rest in peace knowing that the right call was made. But Ostapenko does not agree with the majority of the population.

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