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Want to be a Tennis Official?


A tennis official

There are several different certifications for tennis officials:  referee, chair, roving or line umpire.  It is the job of these tennis official to makes sure that a tennis match is conducted under the fairest possible conditions. 

Tennis officiating opportunities

  • Junior & Adult tournaments
  • District & Sectional events
  • Collegiate matches – ITA (separate certification required)
  • National championships (Adult/Junior)
  • USTA Pro Circuit events
  • ATP & WTA Professional events

Steps to Become a Tennis Official

  1. Be a USTA member.
  2. Complete the online Safe Play Training, which includes passing a criminal background check.
  3. Complete the Introduction to Officiating, Rules and Regulations modules 1 - 3, and Roving 1, to complete the testing requirement for Provisional Certification. Click here  to access these courses.
  4. Have a vision check and have Dr. sign the USTA Vision Form, and then send the completed form to USTA
  5. Request a NUCULA account.
  6. When items 1, 2, 3, and 4 are complete contact Paula Fridley at paulafridley@gmail.com. You will need to send copies of all four module certificates, Safe Play certificate, show passed background check, and a copy of vision form. 
  7. Contact Paula Fridley for mentoring possibilities. 
  8. This as well as other information including Friend at Court is online.



I look forward to helping you with this process and working with you as a USTA Tennis Official.

Paula Fridley
Head USTA Alabama Officials