Professional Pathway

Some CTUA officials are active line or chair umpires at USTA, ITF & Pro Circuit, WTA and ATP professional events. While the road to becoming a chair or line umpire at this level is an arduous one, our members are greatly satisfied by the experiences. To learn more about the Professional Pathway established by the USTA, go here:

After gaining experience as an official in community events, the opportunities available on the Professional Pathway are:

Chair Umpire. A chair umpire is the official responsible for conducting one match in accordance with the ITF Rules of Tennis and USTA Regulations.

Line Umpire. A line umpire is an official responsible for calling all shots directed to the lines assigned to the official.

Chief Umpire. A chief umpire is an official responsible for hiring the officials. In many tournaments, the referee will delegate to the chief umpire the responsibility for assigning, replacing and reassigning officials.

Referee. The referee is generally responsible for supervising all aspects of play and assuring that the competition is fair and played under the ITF Rules of Tennis and USTA Regulations.