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Officiating Sub-Committee  
2019-2021 Sub-Committee Members  
Umpire Reply Form Deadline
2020/04 15 Mar 2020
Assignment Sent Date Updated
National Champ 2020  
National Juniors 2020   
Junior Series Comp 1  
DTC Comp 1 - SKMP  
DTC Comp 1 - Morse  

Forms Download

Umpire Registration Form: Click Here

Umpire Working Record List: Click Here

Request For Tennis Officials: Application Form

Officiating Information

ITF Rules of Tennis 2020: Click Here

ITF Duties and Procedures for Officials 2020: Click Here

HKTA Code for Official: Click Here

Note for Referee, Assistant Referee and Chief Umpire: Click Here

Dressing code of Tennis Officials: Click Here

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HKTA Officiating Programme 

Brief History

A brand new Officiating Committee was formed by the HKTA in 2003 to take up the challenge of moving forward with regards to the development, improvement, training and assignment of officials at all levels of tennis in Hong Kong, from the grassroots level to professional events, work previously done by the now dysfunt Umpires Section.

Tennis officiating began in Hong Kong more than 30 years ago, but without a proper, organised structure. An ongoing program for the recruitment and training of new officials offers an opportunity for tennis enthusiasts to become involved in a variety of officiating roles, ranging from working in local junior/senior tournaments and public court events to officiating in Davis Cup ties and ATP Tour events. In fact, Hong Kong has the largest number of certified umpires per capita than any other Asian countries and our umpires are continually being invited to officiate in overseas events. Currently, there are about 120 members in the Section.

HKTA Officiating

Comprehensive training will be offered to those who are interested in becoming Line Umpires, Chair Umpires, Chief Umpires or Referees. All umpires are regularly assessed and evaluated by experienced and qualified officials. These evaluations serve to help officials improve their on-court performance, thus maintaining the highest standard possible. After gaining sufficient experience, promising officials will be recommended to attend officiating schools organised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to achieve international qualifications. Financial support may also be provided to such officials.

Level 1 Officiating School: Basic introduction to tennis officiating, concentrating on the Rules of Tennis and the basic techniques and procedures of Chair and Line Umpiring. These schools are organised and taught by experienced and qualified officials and sanctioned by the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

All officials are required to provide service regularly and attend Refresher Seminars to ensure they are fully aware of the latest rules, regulations and procedures.

Career Path for Tennis Officials

Starting from working as Line Umpires in local tournaments, opportunities are offered to promising officials to work as Chair Umpires and Referees. After accumulating the necessary experience, selected officials will be recommended to attend the officiating schools organised by the ITF:

Level 2 Officiating School: Intermediate schools for officials who have demonstrated sufficient commitment and experience in officiating. Those who successfully pass the written examination and practical exercises will become ITF White Badge Officials.

Level 3 Officiating School: Advanced officiating school for White Badge Officials who are eligible to become an International official. Level 3 focuses on advanced techniques and procedures, and prepares students for the pressures of international officiating. Those who pass a combination of written, oral and on-court examinations will become Bronze Badge Chair Umpires, Silver Badge Referees and/or Silver Badge Chief Umpires.

Working Opportunities

Officials from Hong Kong have the opportunity to travel abroad and work in tournaments of all levels such as:

Davis Cup
Fed Cup
ATP Tour
WTA Tour
ITF Circuits
Asian GamesWorld University Games
Olympic Games

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