48 QTF Umpires for ITF Futures Events
26 Sep 2012
Dr. Ashraf Hamouda, Chief of Officials at the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) said that preparations are underway to provide the best atmosphere for umpires officiating at the three weeks of International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures events being held at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex from September 28 to October 19, 2012
As chairman of the Umpires Committee, Hamouda stressed that 48 umpires from the QTF will officiate the matches for the ITF Futures events,including 40 line umpires and eight chair umpires.
"These international events will contribute to the development of umpires and will allow them to acquire more experience," said Hamouda.
Each of the three events will feature players from around the globe seeking to achieve greater ranking points and prize money as theyascend the professional tennis ladder.
Hamouda said that Qatari players who progress through each round of the tournament will receive more ranking points. Hamouda added that the ITF selects the higher ranked players, above the age of 14, who have applied to participate in Futures events and confirmed that registration at the futures events is open for all nationalities.
The tournaments are governed by the official ITF rules and regulations. The host organization, QTF, does not interfere in the governing laws but are given the ability to provide four main draw wildcards and six qualifying wildcards to players who they deem worthy of playing in the events, even if their rankings do not give them direct entry into the tournaments
Each of the three futures events will feature the participation of 32 players in the main draw in addition to 32 players in the qualifying draw, from which eight players will qualify for the main draw. The events will be held in a knock-out format.