Black umpire charges the USTA with racism

09-06-2002, 12:39 PM
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? :confused:


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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Gonzo Hates Me!
09-06-2002, 02:49 PM
Well, that's not good

the cat
09-06-2002, 07:34 PM
No TC, the man in the Chair last night was named Tony. Not Cecil. I had never seen this guy before. He might be very good. But how did he get the huge Sampras - Roddick match last night instead of Gerry Armstrong or Bruno Reboh?

That said, the USTA needs to do a better job at getting minority Chair Umpires promoted to the big time matches and finals. As long as they deserve it. And I'm sure they do. After all, if an unknown Chair Umpire like Norm Chryst can work the 1991 U.S. Open final between Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier, they can put a qualified minority candidate in the Chair for another U.S. Open final. TC, I'm sure this is before your time. But I remember Courier complaining after one call in the 1991 U.S. Open final, "where did they get this guy?", in reference to Chryst. LOL! That was so funny.

Chloe le Bopper
09-06-2002, 08:10 PM
Well if his allegations are correct, then good luck to him. Hopefully by brining attention to the matter, something wil be done about it.