wasn't this the guy who umpired Sampras vs Andy last night? i know that his last name was also Hollins -- or something very close to it, but i can't remember the first name. anyone?
UMPIRE CHARGES USTA WITH RACISM
Cecil Hollins, an attorney who has been a USTA certified tennis umpire since 1991, has filed a complaint with the United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission citing that the United States Tennis Association "is engaged in racially motivated discriminatory practices toward African-Americans, myself included."
Hollins, who used to hold a gold badge of certification from the ITF (International Tennis Federation) was bumped down to silver status in 1999, but says he was told it had nothing to do with his performance on the job.
The complaint also points out that no qualified African-American has umpired the men's or women's final at the U.S. Open. Hollins says he is the only American man who has held ITF gold badge distinction that has not umpired either a men's or women's final at the Open.
Hollins claims his interest in forming an United States Tennis Umpires Association similar to the one that exists in Britain has not been well received by officialdom. The bottom line that Hollins hopes to achieve through his EEOC complaint is "fairness and a creation of the U.S. Tennis Umpires Association."
For their part, the USTA has declined to comment on the EEOC complaint that Hollins has filed.
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