Umpiring Twin It to Win It


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Umpiring

Twins Amelia and Imogen try to get into Wimbledon. This time they want to give umpiring a go so they head to meet wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid.


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-Hi, I'm Amelia.

-And I'm Imogen.

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-We are 12 years old.

-And if you haven't guessed...

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-BOTH:

-We are identical twins.

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This summer, we are going to crack Wimbledon.

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But there's just one small problem.

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We don't play tennis.

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We've never made strawberries and cream.

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And as for umpiring, even the chair is scary.

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How am I going to get down?

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But one way or another, we are going to turn Wimbledon...

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-BOTH:

-Into Twinbeldon.

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We were terrible at playing the game.

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So we've come to Surbiton tennis tournaments to see what else

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we could possibly do to get into Wimbledon.

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Hey, we get to sit down all the time.

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Yeah, that's much more my cup of tea.

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Why does he keep saying, "Love," though?

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I don't know. Maybe he just really likes the players.

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Why does he keep saying, "In, out, in, out, in, out?"

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I don't know. Maybe he's doing the hokey cokie.

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Girls, love means no points.

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And in/out means whether they've got a point or not.

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You're going to have to learn the rules if you want to be an umpire.

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A tennis umpire is a referee for all the matches.

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Mum is right, we know nothing about how to do the job.

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We need help.

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We are here to meet Gordon Reid.

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Britain's number one wheelchair tennis player.

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Gordon Reid has been playing wheelchair tennis for over 12 years.

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And he won a Paralympic gold medal in Rio.

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And he won Wimbledon last year.

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CHEERING

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-Hi, girls.

-BOTH:

-Hi.

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-So I hear you two would like to be umpires.

-Yeah.

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I want to be the umpire in the big, tall chair.

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He's the one everybody wants to be. He's got the most power.

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Power? Now, that sounds like our kind of thing.

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What does an umpire actually do?

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Well, the umpire's main job is to look after the players and

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make sure they are behaving themselves.

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Come on. Please, look at it! What?

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You are the worst ever!

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But their other job is to call

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when the ball is inside the line or outside the line.

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Foul!

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So, this is our line that we are going to use to decide

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whether the ball is in or out.

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So, anything that lands this side of the line is in.

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Anything that lands that side of the line, you have to shout, "Out,"

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as loud as you can.

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-BOTH:

-That sounds easy.

-We can totally do that.

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Well, it's not as easy as it looks. Cos you have to be really focused.

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Focus? That's not really our strong point.

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What were you saying?

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For Wimbledon umpires, focus is everything.

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So Amelia is putting her focus to the test

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by calling the ball in or out.

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OK, are you ready? You know what's in, you know what's out?

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-Kind of.

-OK, let's go.

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-Out.

-That was in, not out.

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This side of the line is in, that side of the line, out.

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-Out.

-Good job.

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-Out.

-Good job, that was better.

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Now that I'm starting to get it, Gordon wants to make it

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harder by getting Imogen to try and distract me.

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SHE LAUGHS

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I don't think your focus was very good there.

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It doesn't matter if the ball is flying at you,

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you've got to be very serious and follow the line.

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Ready? Focused?

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-Was that not out?

-Oh, right, yes.

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Oh, it's all going a bit downhill.

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I don't think I've ever tickled an umpire on the court before.

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Come on, over here.

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I think you are better at making each other laugh

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than you were at calling the lines.

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-Yeah.

-So, what do you think?

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Do you think we will be able to go into the big chair now?

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Why don't you meet a real umpire and they can tell you what it's

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really like to be up in the big chair?

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-Hi, George.

-Hi, girls.

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George is one of the best umpires in the UK.

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-And he's going to be umpiring at Wimbledon.

-I am.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa!

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-You can't just get up in my chair.

-Sorry.

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So what have we got to do, then?

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Come and sit down, I'll tell you how to be an umpire.

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OK, girls, so in order to be a tennis umpire,

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you need to know the tennis rule book.

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And you need to know everything that's inside it.

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Are you kidding me?

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Nope! If you want to be a chair umpire,

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you need to learn all the rules.

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-Imogen, you can do that.

-I can't learn all this.

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OK, what's next?

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So, next, you also need to be able to shout really loud,

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so that everybody on court can hear you.

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FAINTLY: Out.

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-FAINTLY:

-Out!

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I'm not sure that's loud enough.

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I think we might have to practise with some of those voices.

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OK, so you need to learn the rule book,

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learn how to project your voice and then come back and see me.

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-OK.

-Bye-bye, thank you.

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We take it all back. This book of rules is so handy.

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Riley, wakey-wakey! You've got homework to do.

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But enough with the boring stuff.

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If we are going to impress George when we umpire his match,

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we have to learn to project our voices.

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We're here to meet Tom from The Wanted,

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-to see he can help with our umpiring skills.

-Let's go!

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Tom is one of The Wanted, who have had loads of chart

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hits all over the world.

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And he's now starring as Danny in Grease The Musical.

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-Hey, girls.

-Hi, Tom.

-How are you doing?

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So, singers have something very in common with umpires

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because they both have to project their voices.

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-So do you have to...

-YELLS:

-..talk really loudly?!

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They do, actually. So, we are on the set of Grease The Musical.

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So we're going to try some lines, yeah? You ready for it? Let's do it.

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Patty, will you stop twirling that thing?!

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So we're going to do that line, yeah? Amelia.

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Patty, will you stop twirling that thing?

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Not a bad effort, I think you can give more than that, to be honest.

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Amelia, I know you are a little bit shy to do it.

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If you have confidence, you will project your voice so much easier.

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Patty, will you stop twirling that thing?!

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Patty, would you stop twirling that thing?!

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So good. Real good.

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And Tom's got another tip for us.

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So, when I got taught how to sing, it was all about using

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your diaphragm. It forces that volume to come out of your throat.

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Ready? Go for it.

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-Patty, will you stop twirling that thing?!

-Good.

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Patty, would you stop twirling that thing?!

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Such a big difference. Massive difference.

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I feel like you've come on leaps and bounds in the space of five minutes.

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High-five, amazing. Loved it.

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Are you ready for the Twins' Cheeky Question?

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Of course.

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Who was the smelliest band member?

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Oh!

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I think Jay.

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He stinks. But don't tell anyone, OK?

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-BOTH:

-OK.

-This secret is safe with us.

-Thanks.

-Thanks so much.

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We're going to practise SHOUTING at home.

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Your mum and dad aren't going to like you very much.

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-OK.

-Doesn't matter.

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Come on, girls. We need to go.

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When a twin has got to practise, a twin has got to practise.

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Girls, have you had a good day?

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-SHOUT:

-Yes, thank you, it was lovely!

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SHOUTS: We saw a friend.

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-SHOUTS:

-And we had a lot of fun!

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Why do you keep shouting at me?

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Because we have to practise our voice for being an umpires.

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-Well, do you have to do that here?

-Yes, we have to do it everywhere!

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Oh, great.

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After annoying Dad as much as possible,

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the big moment has arrived.

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And I do wonder if we should have actually read the rule book

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a little more.

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Hi, girls. Have you been working hard?

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Yeah, of course. We know everything.

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We know when a ball is in or out, we know how to keep score,

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and we know the offside rule.

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Imogen, that's football, not tennis!

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How would you feel about helping me out with my next match?

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-Yeah.

-Great, I could do with a break.

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OK, Amelia, if you are ready on the chair,

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and you are ready on the line. Good luck. I'm going to leave you to it.

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It's crunch time.

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We've only got one shot at this, so we'd better not mess it up.

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First set. Serve.

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Play.

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Here we go.

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-Out!

-Good spot, Amelia.

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-Out.

-Nice call, Imogen.

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Game, Anthony. First game.

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First game done. I think we can actually do this.

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That was a ridiculous decision, that was out!

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Oops!

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It looks like we spoke too soon.

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I think I've lost track of the score.

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Game, first set, Anthony 6-1.

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That's not the score. It's 5-2!

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No.

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-Out!

-Are you kidding me?

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-I'm the judge.

-Wouldn't get that at Wimbledon.

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This is a joke!

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I think they're getting cross with us.

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-I know, I think we should get out of here.

-Yeah!

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How am I going to get down?

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OK, that was a complete disaster.

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So, what is the thing that is going to get us into Wimbledon?

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APPLAUSE

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Wait a second. Look at those guys.

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They get to be really close to the action

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and no-one is yelling at them.

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Yeah, that actually looks fun. Let's go.

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Playing didn't go very well for our cheeky twins, so it's back to the drawing board. This time they want to give umpiring a go so they head to meet wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid who knows how important the role of the umpire is. But will they impress him with their line calls? And after a visit to the set of Grease and a lesson on projection from The Wanted's Tom Parker, surely they'll pass their final umpiring test - won't they?