Wimbledon ref for Davis Cup match

ANDREW Jarrett, the current Wimbledon referee, will be at Ellis Park next week to officiate at the Davis Cup playoff between South Africa and India in which the winners will qualify for the event's elite World Group next year.

ANDREW Jarrett, the current Wimbledon referee, will be at Ellis Park next week to officiate at the Davis Cup playoff between South Africa and India in which the winners will qualify for the event's elite World Group next year.

Jarrett is one of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) most respected officials, having replaced Alan Mills when the long-serving Wimbledon "Guv", as he was called, retired last year.

"It is a compliment to South Africa and the importance with which the ITF regards this tie against India," said South African Tennis Association chief executive Ian Smith.

Jarrett was a member of the British Davis Cup team and featured on the Association of Tennis Professionals international circuit for several years. He also coached the British Davis Cup team, the British Olympic teams in Seoul and Barcelona and Fed and Wightman Cup teams.

"I began by handling local British junior tournaments," Jarrett said, "and took over at Wimbledon for what was the pinnacle of my refereeing career last year. It has helped a great deal during my career as a tournament referee to have played and coached before so that I can appreciate the problems of the players."

"You need to be organised, patient and able to defuse rather than inflame situations," he said.

"But above all else, you need to be fair."

The ITF also announced that Emmanuel Joseph (France) and Nicholas Stellabotte (Italy) would be the chair umpires at Ellis Park for the tie from September 18 to 20. - Sapa

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