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2007 Award - Tennis Official of the Year Award

Tennis Official of the Year Award
Presented annually to a tennis official who has made outstanding contributions to tennis officiating in the USTA Southern Section.

James Davis
Mobile, AL
James Davis is a familiar face around the courts. He can be seen officiating several Level 3 and Level 5 tournaments around the country. In the past 12 months, Davis has been on court with some of the top juniors in the Boys and Girls 16s National Open, with Pete Sampras in an exhibition with Todd Martin, and with Roger Federer. Davis was never pursuing the recognition or honors he has achieved through his officiating but his hard work and dedication is looked at as a "personal note of satisfaction regarding tennis".

For tennis watchers in the Southeastern Conference, Davis officiates various Mississippi State and Louisiana State University ITA matches. He was also part of the 2007 SEC Men’s Indoor Championship crew. Davis has also worked several tournaments this year on the Level 5 Challenger tour including Men’s 50K in Tallahassee, FL, Tunica, MS and New Orleans, LA and Women’s 50K in Troy, AL and Lawrenceville, GA.

On the 2007 professional tour, Davis has been on officiating crews for Family Circle Cup Championships, the Fed Cup tie between USA and Belgium, Wimbledon Qualifying, Legg Mason ATP and the US Open. In his 2006 Open experience, he was assigned to work on crew in Arthur Ashe Stadium only one day, which happened to be the day Andre Agassi played his last professional match on that court. In 2007, after being scheduled four days on crew in Ashe Stadium, Davis received the Jack Stahr Award. This award is given to recognize outstanding work primarily to a line umpire in his/her first three years at the US Open that displays hard work, professionalism, technical ability and cooperative attitude.

Other nominees include: John J. Remmer, GA: Fred Jungers, AR: Joe Simcox, MS: Bena Peek, SC.


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