As with the high standard and professionalism and conduct required of players, TK, ITF,ATP and the WTA Tour requires a high standard of professionalism and conduct from it’s Certified Officials and all officials who officiate at such sanctioned and recognized events. These standards are as follows:

  1. Officials must be in good physical condition
  2. Officials must have natural or corrected vision of 20/20 and normal hearing
  3. Officials must be on time for all matches assigned to them and reporting times
  4. Officials must study, understand and master the Rules of Tennis, Duties and Procedures for Officials and all Tournament Regulations as well as the Code of Conduct for events in which they are officiating
  5. Officials should maintain personal hygiene and should maintain a professional image at all times
  6. Officials must not drink any alcoholic drinks before any match on the day they are to officiate, or at any time on-site while play is in progress, or while in uniform. As a guideline, officials should not drink alcoholic drinks for twelve (12) hours before officiating
  7.  Officials must maintain complete impartiality with respect to all players at all times. An official must not officiate in any match in which he/she has a relationship with one of the players that might be considered a conflict of interest. The perception of a conflict shall render an official unsuitable for such an assignment. Officials shall not socialize with or become intimate with players, or enter into any relationship or take any action that casts doubt on his/her impartiality as a tennis official. However, officials are not prohibited from staying in the same hotels as players nor from attending social functions at which players may be present
  8. Officials should not criticize or attempt to explain calls or decisions by other officials to anyone other than those officials or to co-officials . 
  9. Officials may not bet anything in any manner in connection with any tennis event. Officials must not induce or encourage any other person to gamble or enter into any other form of financial speculation on any match or occurrence at any tennis event. Officials must not receive any money, benefit or other reward (whether financial or otherwise) for the provision of any information concerning the weather, the players, the courts, the status of, or the outcome of any match or occurrence at any tennis event
  10. Officials shall not have conversations with the crowd, except in the ordinary course of controlling the crowd during a match.
  11. Officials shall not participate in a media interview or meeting with a journalist where his/her statements relating to tennis officiating can be printed or broadcast without the approval of the Referee or Officiating Manager
  12. Officials shall at all times conduct themselves in a professional manner and ethical manner and give due regard to the authority of TK staff, Referee, Court Officials, Tournament Personnel, Players and Public. International and senior officials must also set a good example in their conduct to other officials.
  13. Officials must make all tournament related requests to the Supervisor/Referee, TK Officiating Manager or Chief of Officials, rather than making requests directly to the Tournament Director or Staff.
  14. Officials shall commit to each event he/she works until released by the Supervisor/Referee, Chief of Officials or TK Officiating Manager. If an official has accepted a tournament selection, he/she shall not withdraw from that tournament to officiate in another tournament at the same time, without the permission from the respective officiating representative
  15. Violations of the Code of Officials must be reported by the Supervisor/Referee to TK Officiating Manager. The Supervisor/Referee has the authority to release an official from a tournament for a violation of the Code for Officials, but where practical this decision should be taken with the TK Officiating Manager.
  16. National Certified officials shall consult TK Officiating Manager concerning matters relating to overseas travel, ITF schools and the talent identification group. ITF Certified Officials shall consult with the TK Officiating Manager concerning overseas applications and communications between National Associations.
  17. Officials shall follow the TK protocol document concerning the assignment procedures and shall not accept assignments other than those from the County Umpires Committee of the said Officials County or the TK Officiating Manager. This applies to all categories of tournaments and all officiating capacities.
  18. Officials who violate any of the required standards may have their certification withdrawn.
  19. Officials will be subject to the disciplinary code as approved and endorsed by TK

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