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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 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.

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.

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 World Tennis Tour
  • Asian Games
  • World University Games
  • Olympics & Paralympics Games


Miss Jesper CHOW
Tel:2504 8266
Fax:2894 8704
Mr Roy LIU
Tel:2504 8267
Fax:2894 8704