ITF Officiating provides comprehensive training for those who want to become certified Chair Umpires, Chief Umpires and Referees.
The world of tennis officiating has changed enormously in the last 30 years. During that time, the Code of Conduct has been developed and a standardised approach to the application of the Rules has been established.
This has been thanks to emphasis on the concept of professional officiating, which started with the Men’s Tennis Council and which has been significantly expanded by the ITF, ATP and WTA.
In 1999, a Joint Certification Programme for Officials was created by the ITF, ATP and WTA. For the first time in the history of tennis officiating, each tennis official’s education, ability and experience was acknowledged by a certification that all three organisations recognise.
The need for good officiating at all levels of the game is widely accepted and it is for that purpose that the ITF has developed a global programme to improve the quality of officiating from grass roots to Grand Slams.
The education and training of Officials is a crucial part of the ITF Officiating Programme. Success in this area helps meet our aim of raising standards worldwide and ensuring that there is a consistent approach to the Rules of Tennis and Code of Conduct.
There are Schools for four levels of officiating: