Portuguese umpires prominent once more at Wimbledon

in Sport · 27-06-2013 11:03:00 · 0 Comments
Portuguese umpires prominent once more at Wimbledon

While Portuguese participation at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has ended for Gastão Elias and Maria João Koehler, it is still highly possible that a Portuguese national could still make it through to the final.

Mariana Alves and Carlos Ramos are both chair umpires at this year’s Wimbledon, which runs until 7 July.
Both are gold badge umpires, a distinction handed only to a handful of chair umpires, and have extensive experience in officiating matches at major tennis tournaments.
Maria Alves was in the chair for the 2010 final between American Serena Williams and Vera Zvonareva from Russia, with the former being crowned champion.

Carlos Ramos, 42, has already sat in the best seat on centre court at SW19 on two separate occasions, making his debut in the final in 2007, when he saw Roger Federer overcome Rafael Nadal. A year later, he was in the hotseat for the ladies’ final as Serena Williams beat her sister Venus.
Mr. Ramos is also the only umpire to have completed the Grand Slam, having also refereed at the final of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the U.S. Open.
He also chaired the London Olympics Final where Andy Murray claimed gold for Great Britain by beating Roger Federer.


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