Top official for Davis Cup tie

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

The International Tennis Federation has appointed one of its most respected officials, Wayne McKewen to officiate in South Africa's Davis Cup tie against Denmark this month.

The event takes place at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park from July 18-20.

McKewen is said to be a top international referee who will be working hand in hand with two local umpires, Ephraim Motsiane from Katlehong and Adri du Plessis from Pretoria.

McKewen started officiating in 1982 as a line official at the New South Wales Open in Sydney. Since then he has worked at 78 grand slams, including umpiring no less than 10 Australian Open men's finals (1992-2001), the 2003 US Open men's singles final and 2005 Wimbledon men's singles final.

His last match as a chair umpire was the 2005 singles final of the ATP Tennis Masters Cup between Roger Federer and David Nalbandian in Shanghai.

"I'm really looking forward to coming back to South Africa for the Davis Cup. It is a special event not only for the spectators, the players and the countries they represent, but also the officials who get to work one of the great sporting events," he said.

In 2006 McKewen joined the ITF as a grand slam supervisor at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open and is the referee of the Australian Open.

Motsiane and Du Plessis passed the ITF Level Two school to become ITF certified white badge officials in 2000. Motsiane has worked as chair umpire in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and Mauritius as well as a Davis and Fed Cup ties.

Du Plessis began her career as a line umpire at the South African Open, ATP World Doubles and other international and national events. She has worked as a chair umpire in a host of international tennis events as well as Davis and Fed Cup ties throughout Africa.