SA Tennis Officials doing duty at Wimbledon


The Championships, Wimbledon starts today (Monday) in London, and the South African flag will be flying high above the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Kevin Anderson, seeded 8 in the men’s singles leads the South African challenge with Raven Klaasen, the country’s top doubles player seeded 13 with New Zealand partner, Michael Venus in the men’s doubles.

In the Junior Boys Championships, Philip Henning of Bloemfontein will be in action. Henning is South Africa’s highest world ranked junior and is presently travelling on the world junior tour with help from a ITF Grand Slam Development Fund grant.

But other than the players, four South African tennis officials will also be represented at The Championships.

Iain Smith, the Tennis South Africa Technical Manager will once again be controlling the Hawk Eye review system. This is Smith’s 10th year working at Wimbledon and it will be his 22nd Grand Slam doing officiating duty.

The other South Africa officials who have been working at Wimbledon are:

Clement Prins (Western Cape)
Glen Campell (Western Cape)
Tebogo Maleke (Gauteng Central)

All worked as line officials doing duty at the Qualifying event at Roehampton which was in action last week with Maleke also working as a chair umpire at the Junior Qualifying. Maleke officiated at the Wimbledon wild card event prior to qualies.