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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 2004, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Just curious, does anyone know if thereís any formal penalty for umpires that make major mistakes during a match? I know that Alves will not umpire in any match in 2004 US Open, much like Ted Watts was tossed out of the Wimbledon. But is there any official consequence to these umpires beyond not umpiring for the remainder of the current tournament?

I understand that itís human nature to make errors, but thereís got to be a point where these umpires are held accountable. The players work really hard to hone their games, itís frustrating to see the outcome of a match determined (or at least swayed) by bad calls at crucial moments (2003 French Open Final also comes to mind where Kim got some really bad calls and lost the momentum).
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 2004, 10:09 PM
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Was curious about that myself. They pro'ly do like other beaurocracies--insouciantly acknowledge that something was amiss, then sweep everything, including the ump, under the rug until everyone goes away and forgets. In other words, the organization is in bed with most of these umps, having worked with them for so long, so they do nothing to them but politely request that they be a little more careful next time around. Then they spin & work damage control. Good thing that chair ump wasn't an NFL referee, she would have had to duck the beer. Although being this was a home match for "El Capitain" Capriati, the ump pro'ly got offered a beer & a limo ride to the airport where a private flight was waiting to take her on an all expense paid trip to St. Croix, curtesy of the new york city's classiest, most informed and impartial fans.
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Sometimes they're quietly, gradually forced into retirement, like Bruno Rebeuh. I'd imagine Ted Watts and especially Mariana Alves will have a LOT of trouble getting show court assignments at major tournaments in the next couple years. That's what the USTA did with Cecil Hollins: kept sticking him out on dinky side courts until he got fed up.
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she isn't fit to umpire 10ks hope she retires

mark woodforde said she made over-rules like that in fed cup aus-tha

no wonder we lost!
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