What is a Tennis Official?

A valuable member of the tennis community contributing to the development and growth of the sport.
A tennis official helps to ensure the smooth running of tournaments and competitions both within Australia and internationally.

Tennis Officials include:

  • linespersons
  • chair umpires
  • court supervisors
  • referees
  • chief of umpires.

Do I need to have any tennis background or experience to become an official?

No. You only need to be interested in the sport, at least 16 years of age and have good natural or corrected vision.

How do I become a tennis official?

1. Contact us
2. Register and attend one of the tennis officiating courses
3. Gain practical on-court experience at tournaments and competitions in your state or territory
4. Embrace opportunities to maximise your contribution to the sport at world-class events such as the Australian Open.

> Learn more about becoming a tennis official

Is there any cost involved in becoming an official?

All of our introductory officiating courses are free of charge. After that, there are some costs associated with uniform and administration.

Why should I become a Tennis Official?

  • Be part of one of Australia’s most tight-knit and exciting sporting families.
  • Meet life long friends who share a passion for tennis.
  • Contribute to the growth of Australia’s greatest sport.
  • Enjoy great opportunities to travel and experience amazing sporting moments (including the Australian Open).
  • Enjoy having the best seat in the house.
  • Experience great personal growth and development.

Do officials get paid for their work?

Accredited officials are paid or reimbursed in accordance with the role and the type of event they officiate at.

Is it possible to have a career in tennis officiating?

Yes. While many people enjoy officiating in their spare time at club level, it is certainly possible to build a full-time career travelling around the world to some of the world’s best tournaments.

How long are the officiating courses?

All of our courses run for no longer than seven hours and are held over either one day or two half days.
Once you have completed a course, you will need to undertake some on-court practice.

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How will I be assessed as an official?

You will be assessed using competency based assessment techniques including written activities, group practice activities, on-court evaluations and mentoring.