September 22, 2023

Open Court


Mourier gives up chair after 20 years

French chair umpire Cédric Mourier has been working at the top levels of tennis since 1991.

But last week was his swan song. He wrapped it up in the chair for the Paris Masters final Sunday.

One of seven full-time ATP umpires, Mourier is moving into a referee/supervisor role after more than 4,000 matches, 500 ATP events and some 100 finals.

“I’m not talking about it to avoid all additional pressure,” Mourier told Le Progrès. “I’ve made mistakes, I’m human being like everyone else. But I wouldn’t have been in the chair for 20 years if I’d done my job poorly.”

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