It’s widely accepted that good officiating is vital to the development of the game at every level. The ITF has developed a global programme to make sure standards are consistently high anywhere the game is played.
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ROLE OF A TENNIS OFFICIAL
The tennis official helps ensure that any given tennis match is conducted under the fairest possible conditions. Idealy, the official is "a friend at court", helpful to the players and the spectators.
ROLE OF THE REFEREE
The Referee is the official who is responsible for assuring that the competition is fair and played under the ITF Rules of Tennis Regulations. The Referee supervises all aspects of play including, but not limited to, the conduct and actions of players, coaches, parents, spectators, officials, groundskeepers, and administrative crew.
OFFICIATING AS A CAREER
BY JOE IBRAHIM
You should be a tennis official because you:
1) Love the game
2) Have a keen interest in seeing that it is played under the best conditions
3) Enjoy having first-hand contact with the game of tennis whereby you can make a useful contribution to the game, beyond what you may do or have done as a player.
"IF YOU ARE NOW, OR HAVEANY IDEA YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE, A TENNIS OFFICIAL, AND YOUR FIRST THREE REASONS DO NOT INCLUDE AT LEAST TWO OF THE ABOVE - FORGET IT!"