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Articles tagged: Marijana Veljovic

Chair umpire Marijana Veljovic boldly stood up to Roger Federer

Marijana Veljovic

Many chair umpires would be intimidated when officiating a match involving Roger Federer, but that was not the case with Marijana Veljovic.

Veljovic had no hesitation in calling Federer for a code violation for swearing during his quarterfinals match against Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open. Even when Federer complained, Veljovic maintained her poise and did not waiver on calling the penalty.

Being unafraid to call a violation on the most famous player in the sport is part of the reason why Veljovic has become so highly regarded as a chair umpire, and it’s even more impressive given her youth.

The Serbian judge is a gold-badge umpire who has officiated two grand slam finals and the Fed Cup Final.

She has talked about appreciating how tennis has given a path for females to succeed as officials, and she is active in trying to bring more female officials into the sport.

“Whether you are a girl or a guy, if you do well and they think you are good enough to do the biggest matches, it feels amazing that our sport is allowing us that,” Veljovic said in a video posted by the International Tennis Federation in November 2018. “Tennis is giving us the right opportunities. Normally we don’t have enough female officials; we have 3.5 times less female officials than males.”

Here is the video:

Roger Federer confronts line judge after receiving code violation for cursing

Roger Federer line judge

Roger Federer got in a line judge’s face after receiving a code violation for cursing during his match on Tuesday in Australia.

Federer took the first set of his quarterfinals match against Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open 6-3 but lost the second set 6-2 and was falling behind in the third set. After going up 0-40 on Sandgren’s serve, Federer blew a triple break point. He hit a ball into the net to make it 30-40 and dropped a curse word afterwards.

Shortly thereafter, chair umpire Marijana Veljovic announced a code violation for cursing. Veljovic was alerted to the violation by the line judge behind the baseline.

Federer asked Veljovic what he said, and she responded that she couldn’t repeat the word, but that she kind of heard it, and the line judge definitely heard it.

Federer then walked from the baseline to confront the line judge and appeared to be incredulous that she told the chair umpire what he said. Rather than get ready to play the point, Federer then approached Veljovic. He seemed annoyed that he was called for a violation despite Veljovic not being sure about what he said.

After receiving his explanation, Federer lost another point to make it deuce, and then he blew the game to fall behind 0-3. He then took a timeout.

That was a poor display by Federer. He was obviously upset about his poor playing and took it out on the line judge, who just called him out for something many people heard. He lost his focus and was worried about the wrong thing.