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woodrow1029 11-11-2012 11:02 AM

WTF - Lars Graff's last tournament as ATP Chair Umpire
Lars Graff is retiring as a chair umpire after 2012 WTF, after about 30 years of on court officiating. He will go to work in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida ATP offices, as well as continue to work as an ATP World Tour supervisor/referee. But, his on court days of officiating will come to an end after tomorrow.

thejackal 11-11-2012 11:29 AM

Best wishes to Lars in his new position. Have only heard good things about him from those around pro tennis.

6-1 6-3 6-0 11-11-2012 11:29 AM

What a shame. I am literally balling my eyes out.

Rock Strongo 11-11-2012 11:54 AM

I thought his last tournament would be the Stockholm Open!

Cool guy. Intimidating as hell though. I even have a picture of me with him!

Mustard 11-11-2012 12:00 PM

Lars Graff has been a great umpire.

Cosmic_Colin 11-11-2012 12:01 PM

I read WTF in the title as wtf?!!

Max G. 11-11-2012 12:05 PM

Clearly, there's a job opening for our very own Woodrow! ;)

joeri888 11-11-2012 12:22 PM

Will he be umpiring the final?

Tennis_Hands 11-11-2012 01:18 PM

Sorry to hear that.

From what I have seen from him, he was/is at his right place, officiating matches on the highest level.

Best of luck in the future!

tistrapukcipeht 11-11-2012 01:24 PM

He is alright, never overrules unless is 2 feet long or wide.

Mohammed guy is GUOAT!!

rommil 11-11-2012 01:26 PM

He can join his sister Steffi in retirement

The Bawss 11-11-2012 01:39 PM

Great umpire. Now we are left with the likes of Mohamed Lahyani. Yuck. A weak era of umpiring is to befall the ATP tour.

Homeboy Hotel 11-11-2012 01:46 PM

I will always remember Lars Graff for this - what sounded like '...****/jews' - said it after the epic Federer/Hewitt point in 2002(?)

pound cat 11-11-2012 02:24 PM


Originally Posted by Mustard (Post 7008383)
Lars Graff has been a great umpire.

As a commentator said recently, he was "Firm but fair"

woodrow1029 11-11-2012 02:30 PM


Originally Posted by joeri888 (Post 7008517)
Will he be umpiring the final?

Yes he will be.

TennisA 11-11-2012 02:36 PM

Sad to see such a veteran umpire retire, but I guess that's just life. Also kind of sad that umpires such as Graff are unappreciated for their work.

NLBwell 11-11-2012 02:51 PM

Umpiring seems like something you could do until you were quite old, but I would think that the constant travel would wear you out eventually.

AmbiDexter 11-11-2012 02:51 PM

He actually made a shocking overrule couple of days ago:

Sabratha 11-11-2012 02:53 PM

He's had a great career.

kishnabe 11-11-2012 04:25 PM

He been a great umpire. Always loved the Swede calmness he had.

He looks serious to the goofy Layani.

Usually he does not make mistakes....this week has been poor maybe because it his last tournament. Some bad overules and misses of the ball. Del Potro was annoyed.

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