List of tennis umpires

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Listed are current and past tennis chair umpires who hold or have held a gold badge International Tennis Federation (ITF) rating. Gold badge umpires typically officiate Grand Slam, ATP World Tour and WTA Tour matches. The list includes only those who hold or have held a gold badge as a chair umpire, and not those who hold or have held a similar badge in refereeing or chief umpiring. The year, where included, indicates when the umpire obtained his or her respective gold badge status.[1]

There are three levels of training sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation. After officiating at non-pro events, a chair umpire may enter the "Level 1" program in order to gain a green badge. This is taught in French and/or Spanish and is specifically aimed at officiating in South and Central America, and Africa. "Level 2" schools are only taught in English and are for umpires who have already shown proficiency at ITF Pro Circuit events, Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties, and ATP and WTA sanctioned events. It is here that an umpire would receive a white badge. Those chair umpires who pass a "Level 3" school start as a Bronze Badge and can be promoted to Silver and then to Gold following a review of their work rate and performance in the annual review conducted by the ITF, ATP and WTA.[2]

Active[edit]

Men[edit]

Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes at the 2010 Rogers Cup in Toronto.

List of active gold-badge male tennis umpires:

Umpire Country Year Notes Reference
Ali Nili USA (formerly Iran) 2008 ATP umpire and supervisor; Officiated the 2015 Wimbledon Men's Singles final and the 2016 and 2019 US Open Men's Singles final. [3]
Carlos Bernardes Brazil 1990 ATP umpire; Officiated the 2006 and 2008 US Open Men's Singles final, the 2011 Wimbledon Men's Singles final, and the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals final. [4][5]
Carlos Ramos Portugal 2007 ITF umpire; Officiated the Men's Singles final at the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the Men's Singles final at all 4 Grand Slam tournaments including the 2016 Australian Open Men's Singles final and the 2018 US Open Women's Singles final. ("Umpire Golden Slam") [6]
Damien Dumusois France 2009 ITF umpire; Officiated the 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2018 French Open Men's Singles final, the 2010 French Open Women's Singles final, and the 2017 Wimbledon Men's Singles final.

As a regional officer (Africa) at ITF

[7]
Emmanuel Joseph France 2005 WTA umpire; Officiated the 2006, 2008, and 2015 French Open Women's Singles finals. [8]
Fergus Murphy Ireland 2000 ATP umpire; Officiated the 2017 Wimbledon Men's Doubles final between Łukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo vs Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić. [9]
Gianluca Moscarella Italy 2010 ATP umpire. Provisionally suspended during the 2019 Firenze Challenger due to an unprofessional dialog with a player and insinuations to a ball-girl. [10][11]
James Keothavong Great Britain 2010 ITF umpire; Officiated the 2014 and 2018 Wimbledon Men's Singles final, 2016 Wimbledon Women's Singles final, the 2017 and 2019 Australian Open Men's Singles final, and the 2018 French Open Women's Singles final. Also officiated 2019 Fed Cup Final [10]
John Blom Australia 2012 ITF umpire; Officiated the 2013 Australian Open Men's Singles final and the 2016 Australian Open Women's Singles final. [12][13]
Kader Nouni France 2006 WTA umpire; Officiated the 2012 and the 2013 WTA Finals finals', the 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014 French Open Women's Singles finals, and the 2018 Wimbledon Women's Singles final. [14]
Manuel Messina San Marino ATP umpire [15]
Mohamed El Jennati Morocco ATP umpire [15]
Mohamed Lahyani Sweden/Morocco 1997 ATP umpire; Officiated the longest match in pro tennis history: the Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, the 2013 Wimbledon Men's final, and the 2008, 2010 and 2013 ATP World Tour Finals finals'. [16][17]
Pierre Bacchi France 2016 ATP umpire [18]
Renaud Lichtenstein France 2016 ATP umpire; Officiated the 2017 French Open Women's Singles final. [19]
Roland Herfel Germany ATP umpire and supervisor [20]
Jaume Campistol Spain 2017 ITF umpire [21]
Adel Nour Egypt 2018 ATP umpire [22]
Nico Helwerth Germany 2018 ITF umpire [23]

Women[edit]

Eva Asderaki at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.

List of active gold-badge female tennis umpires:

Umpire Country Year Notes Reference
Alison Hughes (née Lang) Great Britain ITF umpire; referee since 1989. Officiated the Women's Singles final at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, as well as the Women's Singles final at the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, including the 2016 and 2019 US Open Women's Singles final, the 2017 Australian Open Women's Singles final, the 2018 US Open Men's Singles final and the 2019 US Open Women's Singles final. ("Umpire Golden Slam") [24]
Eva Asderaki-Moore (née Asderaki) Greece 2007 ITF umpire; Officiated the 2011 US Open Women's Singles final, the 2011 WTA Finals final, the 2015 US Open Men's Singles final, the 2017 US Open Women's Singles final, the 2017 Wimbledon Women's Singles final and the 2019 Australian Open Mixed Doubles final. [25][26]
Juan (Jennifer) Zhang China 2012 WTA umpire; Officiated the 2016 WTA Finals final. First woman in Chinese history to hold a gold badge in chair umpiring. [12]
Louise Engzell Sweden 2006 ITF umpire; Officiated the Women's Singles final at the 2012 Olympic Games, the 2011 French Open Women's Singles final, the 2012 US Open Women's Singles final, and the 2019 Australian Open Women's Singles final. [27]
Mariana Alves Portugal WTA umpire; Officiated the 2010 Wimbledon Women's Singles final and the 2007 WTA Finals final. Also officiate 2019 WTA Finals final at Shenzhen [28]
Marija Čičak Croatia 2011 WTA umpire; Officiated the 2014 Wimbledon Women's Singles final, the 2015 US Open Women's final, the Women's Singles final at the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2018 Wimbledon Men's Singles semifinal between Kevin Anderson and John Isner (the second longest singles tennis match). [29]
Marijana Veljović Serbia 2015 ITF umpire; Officiated the 2018 Australian Open Women's Singles final and the 2019 Wimbledon Championships Women's Singles final. [30]
Julie Kjendlie Norway 2016 WTA umpire; Officiated the 2018 and 2019 WTA Finals Doubles final. [31]
Aurélie Tourte France 2018 Third woman in French history to hold a gold badge in chair umpiring.[32], and believed to be the first woman to sign a full-time contract on the ATP Tour's elite team of umpires as of 2019. [33] Officiated the 2017 French Open Women's Doubles final and the 2019 French Open Women's Singles final. [34]
Paula Vieira Souza Brazil 2018 WTA umpire [35]

Former[edit]

List of former gold-badge tennis umpires:

Umpire Country Year Notes Reference
Andreas Egli Switzerland ITF Grand Slam Supervisor. Supervisor of Australian Open, Roland Garros, The Championship Wimbledon, US Open [citation needed]
Anne Lasserre Ullrich France First French woman to chair men's matches at Grand Slams. [citation needed]
Bertie Bowron Great Britain [36]
Bruno Rebeuh France Umpired the French Open final in countless opportunities. [37]
Cecil Hollins USA [38]
Cédric Mourier France 1999 ATP umpire and referee; officiated the 2001 French Open Men's Singles, 2004 French Open Men's Singles, 2006 French Open Men's Singles, 2010 French Open Men's Singles and 2013 French Open Men's Singles finals. Retired in 2018. Now an ATP Supervisor [39]
Christina Olausson Denmark [citation needed]
Damian Steiner Argentina 2005 ATP full-time umpire. Officiated the 2019 Wimbledon Men's Singles final. He was fired by the ATP for breaking the official's code of conduct in august 2019.[40] [41] [42]
David Littlefield USA [43]
Enric Molina Spain Officiated the 2012 Wimbledon Championships - Men's Singles and former Chief of Officiating [44]
Denis Overberg Australia 1998 [citation needed]
Donna Kelso Australia WTA Supervisor, GS Supervisor [citation needed]
Robert Norton Great Britain 1986 Wimbledon [45]
Fabián Cherny Argentina 1997 Only South American Chair Umpire at the 1996 Summer Olympics event in Atlanta, USA. Worked in the Australia, US and French Grand Slams and in several Davis Cup ties. [46]
Félix Torralba Spain 2013 Former WTA Umpire. Now working for the WTA Mallorca Tournament. [15][47]
Fiona Edwards Great Britain [citation needed]
Frank Hammond USA [48]
Freddie Sore Great Britain He was the longest-serving umpire at Wimbledon; over 40 years. [49][50]
Georgina Clark Great Britain First female umpire to officiate a Grand Slam final (Wimbledon 1984). [citation needed]
Gerry Armstrong Great Britain 1987 ATP Supervisor; Assistant Referee of The Championship, Wimbledon [51]
Gil de Kermadec France [36]
Jake Garner USA 2007 ITF umpire; 18 Grand Slam finals, four Davis Cup finals, a Fed Cup final and the men’s gold-medal match at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Officiated the 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 US Open Men's finals, the 2011, 2015, 2018 Australian Open Men's finals, the 2010 and 2016 Wimbledon Men's Final, and 2008 Olympic Games Men's singles final. Retired at the end of 2018. Now Chief of Umpire at the US Open and senior manager, professional pathway, officiating for the USTA.

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[52]
Jane Harvey Great Britain Umpired 5 Wimbledon singles finals, 4 Olympic Gold medal finals, and first female to umpire a World Group Davis Cup. Over 10 years as a full-time official. [53]
Javier Moreno Spain [citation needed]
Jeremy Shales Great Britain Now deceased. [54]
John Frame Great Britain Umpired 7 Wimbledon Finals, including 3 Men's Singles. [citation needed]
John Parry Great Britain As a Chief Umpire for WTA and ATP Tour now [55]
Jorge Dias Portugal First of three top Portuguese officials, opened the path to two current top officials, Carlos Ramos and Carlos Sanchez. [citation needed]
Kerrilyn Cramer Australia Officiating several time Australian Open Ladies Single Final match [56]
Lars Graff Sweden 1990 ATP Supervisor. While umpiring in the 2003 Wimbledon match, Greg Rusedski was fined £1500 for an obscene outburst. [57][58]
Laura Ceccarelli Italy WTA Supervisor [citation needed]
Leanne White Australia [citation needed]
Lynn Welch USA Currently a review official on ATP World Tour [59]
Mike Morrissey Great Britain Umpired Wimbledon´s final. ITF Head of Officiating during the 90's. The only official to have held the three gold badges simultaneously (chair umpire, chief umpire, and referee) [citation needed]
Norbert Peick Germany Referee Gold - Olympic Games 2000 & 2004, ITF Grand Slam Supervisor 1997-2005, Referee @Davis Cup Finals 2001 & 2003, Fed Cup Final 2002, Referee @BMW Open by FWU (Munich ATP), German Championships Hamburg ATP [citation needed]
Norm Chryst USA 1991 [60][61]
Pascal Maria France 2000 ITF umpire; officiated finals in 2008 Wimbledon Championships Men's final, 2009 Australian Open Men's final, 2012 Australian Open Men's final, 2009 French Open Men's final, 2014 French Open Men's final, 2016 French Open Women's Final, 2017 French Open Men's Final and 2016 Olympic Games Men's Singles Final. Retired in 2017. [62][63]
Richard Ings Australia [64]
Robert Norton Great Britain 1986 Wimbledon Umpire
Romano Grillotti Italy [65]
Sandra de Jenken France Is a first woman officiate Grand Slam Men's Single Final Match (Roland Garros) [66]

ATP Tour officials[edit]

The original 8 full-time world officials for the (then new) 1990 ATP Tour

  • Dana Loconto (USA). Dana produced the first ever device to digitalize umpiring, the ATP palm-top.[67]
  • Gerry Armstrong (Great Britain). Gerry defaulted Mc Enroe in the 1990 Australian Open, after the rules had just been modified.[68]
  • Paulo Pereira (Brazil). Paulo obtained a degree in civil engineering before moving full-time into the officiating world.[69]
  • Pedro Bravo (Chile). Pedro was a tennis teacher before umpiring. He still works for the Chilean Tennis Federation as Tournament Director.[70]
  • Richard Ings (Australia). Richard defaulted Robert Seguso in a match versus Andre Agassi at the 1989 Indian Wells ATP Tournament. [71][72]
  • Richard Kaufman (USA). After retirement, Richard became Director of Officials for the USTA and worked closely to Paul Hawkins to develop the Hawk-Eye system.[73]
  • Rudy Berger (Germany). Rudy worked in the Ministry of Justice in former West-Germany before becoming a full-time official.[74] Deceased in 2007.[75]
  • Steve Ullrich (USA). Steve had a distinct voice that allowed him always to be easily identified when umpiring.[76]

Former Gold Badge Chair Umpires, Now USTA Supervisors (Referees)[edit]

  • Bunny Williams
  • Missy Malool
  • Dessie Samuels
  • Billy Lipp
  • Keith Crossland
  • Mike Loo
  • David Littlefield

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