Cedric Mourier retires from umpiring to become a supervisor and referee


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Cedric Mourier retires from umpiring to become a supervisor and referee

The 48-year-old Cedric Mourier had made the first steps in tennis at the age of 14 when he became a referee at the local club, continuing to reach the higher levels during the 90's and joining the ATP Tour in 1999. After almost 20 years on the Tour, gold badge level accomplished, five men's Roland Garros finals, more than 500 tournaments covered and serving as the umpire in the finals of the events like Miami, Monte Carlo, Hamburg and Shanghai, Mourier has decided to end the career of a chair umpire and become a full-time supervisor and referee from 2019.

Cedric already had a chance to test himself at this new role in 2018 and in some of the previous seasons at Challengers. Back in 2001, Mourier was the chair umpire of the men's final at the home Major in Paris when Gustavo Kuerten defeated Alex Corretja to defend the title, returning three years later to guide the match between Gaston Gaudio and Guillermo Coria that Gaudio won 0-6 3-6 6-4 6-1 8-6 after saving two match points.

He also had the honor to be the chair umpire in the final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer two years later and once again in 2013 when Rafa toppled David Ferrer in straight sets. In 2014, Mourier was the umpire in that super tight match between Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Finals and his biggest mistake came in 2017 at Monte Carlo Masters when he saw a completely different mark from the right one and stole the point away from Goffin which pretty much took all the momentum away from the Belgian in the rest of the match.

After that, he wasn't the most favorite umpire among the tennis fans and it will be interesting to see him in this new position from the upcoming season.