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What's the life an umpire like??

FluffyYellowBall
11-06-2006, 02:33 PM
What the hell do they do between tournaments and matches? They probably wsted their time in uni coz they never needed it. Did lars graff wake up one day and decide to be an umpire?

What tranining do they go through?? I actually think its a nice job but its not the exact dream job most people want.

TheMightyFed
11-06-2006, 02:46 PM
Yeah and I sometimes wonder if they play tennis well with this huge amount of top tennis ingested everyday, and if they see players outside matches... If anyone has some insight...

CooCooCachoo
11-06-2006, 02:50 PM
Yeah and I sometimes wonder if they play tennis well with this huge amount of top tennis ingested everyday, and if they see players outside matches... If anyone has some insight...

With that logic, all tennis fans are good tennis players cause they watch tennis a lot :scratch: :lol:

FluffyYellowBall
11-06-2006, 02:56 PM
With that logic, all tennis fans are good tennis players cause they watch tennis a lot :scratch: :lol:

Well i would just lke to say that if it wasnt for watching tenis i wouldnt be half the player i am today:rolleyes: Sometimes i just dont listen to my coach and i use posotive visualization, thinking of federer:angel: :angel: :angel:


Anyway, yea i think the umpires see the playersoff court coz i once saw a pik of bernandes sitting next to verdasco and some other players but i dont have that pik

lucindia
11-06-2006, 03:17 PM
I know well an umpire, he travel all year long, sleep in nice hotels, have time to visit, go to cinema...he really enjoy this life.
He's single but he said that most of umpires are married with kids, and they can manage....he plays tennis since he's 7, but of course now he doesnt have time...But i agree with CooCooCachoo, i dont think all fans play tennis as well!!
And i saw that he has great relation with players, they come to say hi and talk to him, always have a joke...
If it helps u....

TheMightyFed
11-06-2006, 03:30 PM
With that logic, all tennis fans are good tennis players cause they watch tennis a lot :scratch: :lol:
Don't make my post look more stupid than it is, a couch potato won't transform into a pro. I just say umpires see live tennis in very good conditions and with high focus, more than anyone else, which is different from watching a few events as a fan. And I believe a lot in visual learning, myself I learn tennis this way mostly and I got some results, and whenever I see a match live I learn a few technical things only by observing. You need to have a purpose, and maybe an umpire doesn't look at the technical aspect, but still, they watch players in a very "serious" way, so I guess the ones who play tennis may have a pretty honorable level...

scarecrows
11-06-2006, 04:05 PM
they have to undergo a series of courses and qualifications to reach ATP or WTA level. Depending on the level of qualification they take badges, golden badge being the highest followed by silver.
It is very hard to become chair umpire in those events. I heard from an Estonian ref that he prefered to be chair umpire in Challengers rather than linesjudge in ATP events. Usually they have other jobs as well, like tennis coaches or other stuff related to tennis. It seems a nice way of living, travelling around, going to nice hotels and such but I dont think the ordinary umpire makes enough money to put some aside

TheBoiledEgg
11-06-2006, 04:09 PM
only level badges umpires are paid ones

the ordinary ones only get expenses just like all the lines people

they all start off doing lines at the lowest level, and i dont even mean Satellites.
you can get to doing lines in slams in about 18 months, if you're good.

you got to learn all the rules and do some courses/attend seminars at the beginning before they let you linejudge.

Rosa Luxembourg
11-06-2006, 04:27 PM
^^

Best Gold Badges are salaried with benefits, the rest gold, silver and bronze badges recieve per day pay depending on a status. White badges and line umpires are at the bottom of the barrell, but do get money and not only expenses reimbursed. ATP pays better than WTA. Grand Slams pay the best, give $'s towards travel and nice lunch money.

Most best umpires dream to get to a supervisor level. Supervisor (especially) ATP make a lot more than badges. Their salary are well over $100k.

As for knowing and communicating with players, it's fine if it is not in private, i.e. nobody will kill you if you say hi to player and crack a joke, but if you get caught having dinner with th eplayer, your career as good as over. My friend, a Silver Badge, almost lost his job over it. ATP doesn't assign him much anymore and he's lucky that WTA is still ok.

Saumon
11-06-2006, 05:21 PM
some umpires come on MTF in their spare time :lol:

RickDaStick
11-06-2006, 08:16 PM
they score a lot with the local chicks

Rex
11-06-2006, 08:20 PM
some good info here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Action Jackson
11-07-2006, 04:49 AM
some umpires come on MTF in their spare time :lol:

Romano makes you hot.