Giorgio Tarantola was a chair umpire from 1990 to 2008. He, then, became the Lugano Challenger Tournament Director and may run the ATP Monza in 2020. Recently, Tarantola spoke about the system of umpires in tennis. "Umpires are usually former good players, not strong ones, but in general you have to start early, since when you are very young, in order to learn more about the methods and rules.
When I was an umpire on the ATP Tour, I was getting $1,000 a week, plus paid expenses," he told AGI. Now the top 31 umpires like Carlos Bernardes, Kader Nouni, Mohamed Lahyani, Fergus Murphy, Cedric Mourier and Gianluca Moscarella among the others get $1,500 a week.
They are also able to umpire Davis Cup matches for the International Tennis Federation which can bring you up to €60-70,000 a year, working 25 weeks. Are umpires intimidated by the best players? "I umpired world No.
1s, but there is not a lot of time to think about who is on the court, instead, you'd better not think about it. When you are an umpire, you apply the rulebook and you only try to do your best, in front of so many people.
There is not a kind of favoritism but it can happen that the tournament supervisor, does not make an umpire serve in a match. There is also a blacklist, it means umpires asking not to serve during matches of certain players."
Meanwhile, Mikhail Youzhny commented on his new co-operation with Denis Shapovalov: "His team asked Boris Sobkin about me and then called me. We agreed to spend together tournaments in the USA: Cincinnati, Winston Salem, US Open.
I couldn't be on time for Cincinnati, so we started from Winston Salem. Also, we will be in New York. We take short views"