Linesmen: The Unsung Heroes of CO’Met Orléans Open
As the CO’Met Orléans Open unfolds this week, 34 linesmen from various regions of France have taken their positions on the courts, ensuring fair play and accurate calls. These dedicated individuals play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of the game.
Their Vital Role on the Court
Linesmen are often heard shouting to halt the game, indicating that the ball is out of bounds and the point is concluded. With 34 linesmen officiating this year’s tournament, along with two replacements, their presence is indispensable. During each match, seven linesmen are strategically positioned, with three at the back of the court and one on the service line.
Line judges must maintain unwavering focus throughout the match. Photo by Pascal Proust
The Qualities of a Good Linesman
What does it take to be a proficient linesman? According to Marc Wargnier, the referee supervisor for this tournament, concentration, keen eyesight, and a commanding voice are essential attributes. These qualities enable them to make accurate decisions and effectively pause the game when necessary.
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Unveiling the Profession
To gain further insight into the profession, we had the opportunity to speak with Marc Wargnier. In our exclusive video, he sheds light on the intricacies of being a linesman and the challenges they face on the court.
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Ensuring precise foot placement during serves is also part of their responsibilities. Photo by Pascal Proust
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