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 final, and the 2016 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 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. ("Umpire Golden Slam") [6]
Cédric Mourier France 1999 ATP umpire and tournament 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. [7]
Damian Steiner Argentina 2005 ATP umpire [8]
Damien Dumusois France 2009 ATP 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 Gentlemen's Singles Final. [9]
Emmanuel Joseph France 2005 Officiated the 2006, 2008, and 2015 French Open Women's Singles finals. [10]
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. [11]
Gianluca Moscarella Italy 2010 ATP umpire [12]
Jake Garner USA ITF umpire; Officiated the 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 US Open Men's finals, the 2011, 2015, 2018 Australian Open Men's finals, the 2010, 2016 Wimbledon Men's Final, and 2008 Olympic Games Men's singles final. [13]
James Keothavong Great Britain 2010 Officiated the 2014, 2018 Wimbledon Men's final, 2016 Wimbledon Ladies final, the 2017 Australian Open Men's Final, and the 2018 French Open Women's Singles Final. [12]
John Blom Australia 2012 Officiated the 2013 Australian Open Men's Final and the 2016 Australian Open Women's Final [14][15]
Kader Nouni France 2006 WTA umpire; officiated the 2012, and the 2013 WTA Finals Finals', the 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 French Open Women's Singles finals, and the 2018 Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final. [16]
Manuel Messina San Marino ATP umpire [17]
Mohamed El Jennati Morocco ATP umpire [17]
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' [18][19]
Pierre Bacchi France 2016 [20]
Renaud Lichtenstein France 2016 Officiated the 2017 French Open Women's Singles Final. [21]
Roland Herfel Germany ATP Umpire [22]
Jaume Campistol Spain 2017 ITF Officiating Team [23]
Adel Nour Egypt 2018 ATP Umpire; First Egyptian Gold Badge Umpire. [24]
Nico Helwerth Germany 2018 [25]

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; 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 US Open Women's Final and the 2017 Australian Open Women's Final ("Umpire Gold Slam") [26]
Eva Asderaki-Moore (née Asderaki) Greece 2007 WTA umpire; Officiated the 2011 US Open Women's Final, the 2011 WTA Finals Final, the 2015 US Open Men's Final, the 2017 US Open Women's Final, and the 2017 Wimbledon Ladies Final [27][28]
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 [14]
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, and the 2012 US Open Women's Final [29]
Mariana Alves Portugal WTA umpire; Officiated the 2010 Wimbledon Ladies Final, and the 2007 WTA Finals Final [30]
Marija Čičak Croatia 2011 WTA umpire; Officiated the 2014 Wimbledon Ladies Final, 2015 US Open Women's Final and the Women's Singles Final at the 2016 Olympic Games [31]
Marijana Veljović Serbia 2015 ITF umpire; Officiated the 2017 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final and 2018 Australian Open Women's Singles Final. [32]
Julie Kjendlie Norway 2016 WTA umpire [33]
Aurélie Tourte France 2018 Third woman in French history to hold a gold badge in chair umpiring [34] [35]
Paula Vieira Souza Brazil 2018 WTA umpire [36]

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 [37]
Bruno Rebeuh France Umpired the French Open final in countless opportunities. [38]
Cecil Hollins USA [39]
Christina Olaussen Denmark [citation needed]
David Littlefield USA [40]
Enric Molina Spain Officiated the 2012 Wimbledon Men's Final and former Chief of Officiating [41]
Denis Overberg Australia [citation needed]
Donna Kelso Australia WTA Supervisor, GS Supervisor [citation needed]
Edward James Great Britain [42]
Fabián Cherny Argentina Only South American Chair Umpire at the 1996 Olympic event in Atlanta, USA. Worked in the Australia, USA and French Grand Slams and in several Davis Cup ties. [43]
Félix Torralba Spain 2013 Former WTA Umpire. Now working for the WTA Mallorca Tournament. [17] [44]
Fiona Edwards Great Britain [citation needed]
Frank Hammond USA [45]
Freddie Sore Great Britain He was the longest-serving umpire at Wimbledon; over 40 years. [46][47]
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 [48]
Gil de Kermadec France [37]
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. [49]
Javier Moreno Spain [citation needed]
Jeremy Shales Great Britain Now deceased. [50]
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 [51]
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 [52]
Lars Graff Sweden 1990 ATP Supervisor

While umpiring in the 2003 Wimbledon match, Greg Rusedski was fined £1500 for an obscene outburst.

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Laura Ceccarelli Italy WTA Supervisor [citation needed]
Leanne White Australia [citation needed]
Lynn Welch USA Currently a review official on ATP World Tour [55]
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 [56]
Pascal Maria France 2000 ITF umpire; Officiated the 2008 Wimbledon Championships Men's final, the 2009 Australian Open Men's final, the 2012 Australian Open Men's final, the 2009 French Open Men's final, the 2014 French Open Men's final, the 2016 French Open Women's Final, the 2017 French Open Men's Final, and the 2016 Olympic Games Men's Singles Final, retired at the end of 2017. [57][58]
Richard Ings Australia [59]
Romano Grillotti Italy [60]
Sandra de Jenken France Is a first woman officiate Grand Slam Men's Single Final Match (Roland Garros) [61]
Steve Ullrich USA Currently a review official on ATP World Tour [56]
Ted Watts Great Britain [citation needed]
Sylvia Watts Great Britain [citation needed]
Wayne McKewen Australia ITF Grand Slam Supervisor. Referee of Australian Open [citation needed]
Missy Malool USA [citation needed]
Bunny Williams USA [citation needed]
Billy Lipp USA [citation needed]
Dessie Samuels USA [citation needed]
Mike Loo USA ATP Challenger Supervisor - Still Chair umpires USTA Circuit Matches [citation needed]
Keith Crossland USA ATP Challenger Supervisor - Still Chair umpires USTA Circuit Matches [citation needed]

ATP Tour officials[edit]

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

  • Dana Loconto (USA)
  • Gerry Armstrong (Great Britain)
  • Paulo Pereira (Brazil)
  • Pedro Bravo (Chile)
  • Richard Ings (Australia)
  • Richard Kaufman (USA)
  • Rudy Berger (Germany)
  • Steve Ullrich (USA)

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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