Becoming a Tennis Umpire
We at British Army Tennis are privileged to have tennis umpires at our main Events. It creates the perfect atmosphere for our players who reach either the semi finals and/or finals or who reach the top of their game representing their Service; Army for us and their Corps.
So do you wish to get involved? You could umpire locally or even at Wimbledon!
On our ALTA Committee, we have Lt Col (Ret'd) Andy Main as our Umpire Member. He previously use to Umpire at our Army Events. If you have any questions he's happy to help pass on his knowledge, experience and any advice. Andy's contact email is listed below:
There are two types of tennis Umpires within the sport, both Line Umpires and Chair Umpires. A Line Umpire is responsible for calling the lines on the tennis court and the Chair Umpire is responsible for calling the score and settling any issues.
You need to work your way up to becoming a Chair Umpire by starting as a Line Umpire and progressing from there. Once you are trained you can become a tennis Umpire at local county and regional competition and certain selected tennis Umpires get to officiate at Wimbledon and International Events.
'ABTO' or the Association of British Tennis Officials is the organisation responsible for all Line and Chair Umpires in the UK, including Umpire training and subsequent grading. This role is carried out under the auspices of and in conjunction with the 'LTA' or Lawn Tennis Association. These same Umpires also officiate at the other single Service Tennis Championships (Royal Navy and Royal Air Force) as well as the two Inter-Services Championships which one is also traditionally held at Wimbledon.
So if you are interested in becoming a Tennis Umpire, please click on the link below for more details: