Category Archives: Instructional

USTA Non-Elimination Tournament Webinars

Dear USTA Official, USTA is excited to announce enhancements to our TDM software. The enhancements will allow for simpler management of non-elimination tournaments by utilizing the TDM Wizard. Many of these events are entry-level non-elimination tournaments that don’t typically require … Continue reading

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More Info on Portland Women’s 50K

I exchanged emails recently with Jeff Carey, the Tournament Director for the upcoming USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event being held at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. According to Jeff, there are still ways to be part of the action, “We can always use … Continue reading

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Hilton Head Chair Academy Tips by guest blogger Denise Alexander

I just returned from the Academy last week. Hilton Head Island is so beautiful with fun restaurants, ice cream, and a great beach: and an alligator at the hotel in the pond. If you’re thinking of signing up for the … Continue reading

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My Chair Academy Experience at Hilton Head by Julie Dorr

Julie Dorr is the Assignor for NW Washington and loves every aspect of officiating. She certified with the USTA in 2007 and ITA in 2010. When I was asked to talk about my experience three words came to mind, exciting, intimidating … Continue reading

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2012 Adidas Open

I’ve been working a lot this summer including a couple of days roving the 2012 Adidas Open Championships at Irvington Club in Portland. I had Sunday off, but decided to watch some of the chaired matches and my fellow officials, Darryl … Continue reading

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The Mental Side of Officiating by Tony Anegon

I was asked to submit a blog which I hope will benefit officials, new and more experienced. The mechanics of officiating take practice and court time to reach a certain level of confidence and competence.  As with the players, the … Continue reading

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Are You Listening??? by Betty Rankin

Your ears play an important role in making you a better official. When roving, you often hear a variety of noises on courts behind you. Even subtle things such as “are you sure” (more than once), excessive racquet hitting the … Continue reading

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Involuntary Hindrance — You Make the Call

I’m watching the Barclays World Tour Finals as much as I can and I saw something interesting during the Llodra-Zimonjic/Bopanna-Qureshi doubles match. Bopanna hit a lob that went up through the overhead scoreboard (think Jumbo-tron). Zimonjic thought they won the … Continue reading

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High Altitude, High Temperatures… High Hopes

I was selected to go to Sun River to work the Adult and Senior Mixed doubles Sectionals! This is for work; I’ll be working…I had to remind myself as I packed the swimsuit and tennis bag just in case. Living … Continue reading

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