Photo: Ray GiubiloSoeren Friemel
Long-time official Soeren Friemel has been appointed ITF Head of Officiating, taking over from Enric Molina on 1 May 2014.
Friemel has been an official since 1994, working as an umpire, referee and supervisor at Grand Slam tournaments, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic Games. He has also taught officiating schools both for the ITF and for the Deutscher Tennis Bund (DTB).
In addition he has been responsible for officiating in Germany for twelve years, representing the DTB with their counterparts from the ITF, ATP, WTA and other international federations.
“I am looking forward to the challenges of my new position as ITF Head of Officiating, working with a great group of officials around the world,” said Friemel. “My career has covered every aspect of officiating and I feel that I can make a real contribution to the profession in my new role.”
ITF Executive Vice President Juan Margets said: “We are delighted that Soeren Friemel is joining the ITF as our new Head of Officiating. Soeren’s many years of experience both as a referee and in tennis administration make him a great asset to our Officiating department that strives to raise standards and increase opportunities for officials throughout the world.”