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WHAT IS A TENNIS OFFICIAL?
A person who helps ensure that any given tennis match is conducted under the fairest possible conditions. So ideally, the official is "a friend at court," helpful to players and spectators.
Certified officials are involved in the game of tennis in a variety of roles, ranging from overseeing local junior, adult or senior tournaments, and collegiate events to officiating on court at professional tournaments like the US Open.
The USTA and the USTA Middle States section offer an ongoing program for the recruitment and training of new officials throughout the year.
Steps to becoming a Tennis Official
- Be an active USTA member.
- Have correctable 20-20 vision. A doctor must corroborate this every two years. Certification for even years (i.e. 2008 processed in 2007) requires vision verification by an eye doctor.
- Take and pass a provisional exam.
- Turn in your Data Card to the MSATO Chairman by October 5 of each year.
- Contact area coordinator to learn about upcoming tournaments.