Typically, when we watch tennis matches we focus on the players; watching it on our television or, if we are lucky enough, from a seat in the stands. But do you ever wonder what a tennis match would look like sitting in the umpire chair?
Sitting in the umpire chair during a match not only gives you the best view but you are the final say on all calls; a rather powerful position.
Although sitting in the umpire chair gives a sense of authority, the view from the top isn’t always as great as you would think.
In September of 2011, many top tennis officials decided not to participate in the US Open and opted to give up their prime seat on the umpire chair.
The 2011 US Open raked in a record high $23.7 million in prize money with the tournaments total earnings exceeding $200 million. Despite the tournament`s high revenue, the gold badge chair umpires, some who officiate at the legendary Wimbledon tournament, only make $250 per day sitting in the umpire chairs at the US Open; the lowest pay for any Grand Slam tournament.
A retired gold badge chair umpire, Norm Chryst, stated that, “The U.S. Open … Read more at FryingPanSports