Here is MY Complaint Letter to the Competitions committee of USTA Southern GA describing the Event.
700039912 March 2-4, 2012
I have a complaint about the Finals I Played today....I was Treated unfairly by the ref.
The referee of the finals refused to Call flagrant foot faults on my opponent on every serve. She said that I was foot Faulting as well.
I explained to the female ref that I was not foot faulting, That I was allowed to Hit the Ball in the Air and Be inside the Court, as long as I didnt touch the court before I Struck the Ball....
The Ref then Left and was not there to call foot faults. After a 10 to 15 minutes pass the Ref Comes back with the Rule book... Reads the rules from the rule book about foot faults. I Point out in friend on Court 2012 rule book that I was correct & that she needed to call foot faults on my opponent & Also that I was not foot faulting. my opponent admitted to & agreed to foot fault calling because he admitted to having a problem of foot faulting. Again she Refused and said that she has been a Ref for 20 years And That I was foot faulting, so she was not going to call the foot faults. There is about 10 Games worth of points That I lost because the Ref Refused to listen or admit her mistake.
My Opponent would take at times a 12 inch advantage into the court on every serve. the Match was very unfair & i was not able to over come the advantage that the Ref Gave to the opponent. The Ref Then Leaves again. and Doesn't Show up till the match is over... I lost because Loss of focus because of the Ref telling me that I was foot faulting ( when I wasn't ) And that She would not Make calls against my opponents kinda/Cheating.
After the Match the Ref Comes to me and apologies for making a mistake & that I was correct about the foot faults of my opponent & That I was not foot Faulting. I Still am a little bitter about this. I have been in the top ten in the eastern Section, Georgia & have been a Top men's open player & Mens 30...this is the first time I have been cheated by a ref in my 20 years coaching and Playing competitive tennis. I hope that I can get some pay back in in the form of points since I was cheated by a USTA official. Thanks Sincerely
William Vazquez - CoachV
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Man, that is really INCREDIBLY BAD officiating! I hate to see her officiating Edberg, Sampras, Safin or Ivanisevic, much less your Open singles final. They should null the result!
this is just a joke, but i heard that she officiated the Serena Williams Match....
A Serena match?? That just goes to show you that USTA referees are not always knowledgeable to standard rules on footfaults. I would hate to have to play a final and be called erroneously on footfaults. Totally unfair.
Serena would clobber her. lol
no..... she would be Serena's best friend.....
I have also sent my letter to Chris Walling
Director of Adult Competition & Leagues
They are unlikely to give you points, but I think you can hope that they discipline that referee for being stubborn.
Sorry to hear that V. Tough luck there. At Sectionals, foot faults seem like the only thing the roving umpires call...it seem slike their only job is to call footfaults....they even make it a big deal before the match assignments...telling everyone that this is their warning and that there would be no more once the match has started...
thats y it really surprises me that it was such a big issue at that tournament...wow
Let us know if you find out how that umpire is disciplined...
agree, I've had ref's out here warm us, as we step on the court, "this is your foot fault warning." I do find it amazing that a dude in an Open finals has such a serious foot fault issue.
after the MAtch the guy said he been having this problem for years.......Im looking at the another Ref that I knew on a personal level dumbfounded. like wow I was just cheated legally.
Sorry coach.. I think you just gave everyone here an idea on how to beat you :)