04 Nov 2013

Officiating success in Europe

News Article

Recently graduated White Badge officials in Heraklion, Greece

Forty-one European officials have taken further steps within the ITF Officiating family after successfully passing their examinations at schools held in Paris, France and Heraklion, Greece in October.

The two schools, organised to a very high level by the Federation Française Tennis and the Hellenic Tennis Federation,  saw 41 new certified officials come from 22 European countries.

Fifteen students were certified for International Chair Umpire, Chief Umpire and Referee positions within the ITF Officiating community at the Level 3 (International) school held in Paris on 6-10 October.

The school, intended for officials with proven ability and experience of working at professional level tournaments, such as ITF Pro Circuit, ATP and WTA events and Davis Cup and Fed Cup, sees the 15 students now recognised by the ITF, ATP, Grand Slam Tournaments and the WTA in the Joint Certification Programme for Officials.

A Level 2 (White Badge) school followed shortly after in Heraklion, Greece on 16-20 October, with students benefitting from the expertise of the ITF/Grand Slam Officials Louise Engzell, Jake Garner and Wayne McKewen who taught the school.

Intended for officials who have started to build up experience of officiating at professional events, the school focused on the Rules of Tennis, Code of Conduct, chair umpiring and refereeing techniques and procedures and saw an impressive 96% pass rate.