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Professional Tennis News - Grand Slam Application Information

Grand Slam Application Information

The 2009 US Open application form will be available to access in December 2008.  Hard copy application forms WILL NOT be mailed out for the 2009 US Open.

USTA certified officials who held a USTA Line Umpire, USTA Chair Umpire or higher certification level in 2008 are eligible to apply directly for 2009 US Open.   All other USTA certified officials must receive a written or typed recommendation from either their Sectional Chairperson or a National Trainer/Evaluator.  Recommendations must be submitted by the person writing the recommendation directly to the USTA Officials Department and NOT sent in with the application form.

If an official worked the 2008 US Open, but still maintained a certification level below USTA Line Umpire or USTA Chair Umpire that official is permitted to submit a 2009 US Open application "without" a recommendation letter from a Sectional Chairperson or a National Trainer/Evaluator.

All certified international officials can obtain a 2009 US Open application form in December by accessing the link below or can obtain an application from the ITF Officials web page at www.tennisofficial.com.

If you have any questions about this application form or submission deadline, please contact officiating@usta.com to submit this application form to the USTA Officials Department.

Deadlines for the remaining 3 Grand Slams are always one week prior to the deadline on the Grand Slam application.  This is necessary in order for the USTA Officials Department to process the applications and send them to the Federations.  All applications must be sent directly to the USTA Officials Department.

Congratulations to the United States umpires selected to work the Australian Open in 2009:
William Abeyounis
Norm Chryst
Palma Chryst
Tim Kurtt
Dave Ouellet
Gail Pennington
Roger Pennington
Steve Ullrich
Lynn Welch
Turnhan Wilbon

Congratulations to the United States umpires who worked Roland Garros-2008:
Tamma Klassen
Dianna Kondratowitch-Pierce
Tony Nimmons
Lynn Welch
Chris Wilson

Congratulations to the United States umpires who worked Wimbledon-2008:
Norm Chryst
Palma Chryst
Sande French
Jake Garner
Gail Gregory
Al Klassen
Tamma Klassen
Tim Kurtt
Roger Pennington
Steve Ullrich
Lynn Welch

Rich Kaufman on page 4 in the December 2002 issue of The Official Word (Available in “Archives – Official Word”) laid out the criteria for consideration as a US OPEN official.  This selection process is information available to all officials.  Anyone interested in working professional tennis events, including the US OPEN, has a well-marked path that can be followed.  Each year the National Committee makes available to new officials a number of Line Clinics around the country where new line umpires may receive training and display their talents as line umpires.  Some line umpires from these clinics may be invited to work as a paid official at that very event, or events held later in the year in their section.  The Trainer/Evaluators will speak to all participants and those officials needing more initial training will be encouraged to attend a future Line Clinic.  Some officials, depending upon their level of ability and availability, may be given current opportunities to work at USTA Circuit events, as well as WTA and ATP Tournaments.  Those officials demonstrating excellent skills as a line umpire and receiving high evaluations from National T/Es, USTA Circuit Supervisors, ITF certified Chief Umpires/Chair Umpires, as well as recommendations from the section and professional work record, are then considered candidates for the US Open.

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