When Jenya Dedusheva was asked to officiate the women's singles match between Nao Hibino and Bojana Jovanovski at the 17th Tashkent Open as a chair umpire last year , it was some kind of dream come true for Jenya an ITF Bronze badge official.
Having started as a ball kid at the event 10 years ago to now sitting on the chair Jenya's journey completes a cycle , , but it's not Jenya alone , but about 25 other officials from all the regions of Uzbekistan who have benefited from international events like the Tashkent Open.
The same aptly applies to the head of officiating programme in Uzbekistan Andrei Kornilov who has been recently promoted as a Gold Badge referee by the ITF . His journey started as a ball kid at Tashkent open 17 years ago , he then became a line umpire , then worked as a white badge chair umpire then a silver badge chair umpire appointed by the WTA to ultimately becoming the Referee of the event.
" Hundreds of people have benefitted from working in tennis events . Today we have 6 ITF Certified officials and their success can be attributed to the International events that take place in our Republic. I can see the progress and me and my colleagues surely owe success to the forward looking initiatives taken by the Uzbekistan tennis federation and to all involved with Tashkent open over the years " says Kornilov
The organization of Tashkent Open helps us to meet international officials and learn from them . Also the players give us suggestions and feedback which helps to put a good show year after year". I have not stopped growing and still get to learn from the feedback and interactions. My next generation ( my daughter) is also working as a ball kid at the event" I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey , when I look back, he says
It's also matter of pride for me that my colleagues Ruslan Tursonov and Alexander Bagdasarov also have gained from various events like these , they have been promoted from being lines umpire to being appointed as the chief of officials for the Tashkent Open over the years " , he said . Kornilov also names Dmitry Durandis , Sanjar Muydinov who have moved on from being linesmen to sitting on chairs at various international events held across Uzbekistan umpire
It's just not the officials but also how the administration has gained , take the case of LIm Valera who has graduated from being a Court asst 10 years ago to becoming the Tournament Director of the Tashkent Open and the Tournament Director for Challenger and Futures events in the regions .
" It's been lot of hard work , but I have enjoyed every bit of it ,I have learnt and understood so much from the events like Tashkent open . " I have learnt to deal with things professionally and even my team understands the needs and perform exceedingly well , he says.
We have developed a well oiled machinery which ensures smooth progress of events . Stass Tsoy , Sergei Yalgarov who are from the regions have also graduated from being court assistants to taking on independent responsibilities and also helping us to organize events in the regions , " they know about the standards of the international tournaments and are always prepared , adds Valera.
Lilya Khodjaeva who started as an assistant in the Press centre about 15 years looks after the administration o f the events , also works in the Uzbek Federation and coordinates the swing of 13 professional events and 4 junior events and national championships in Uzbekistan .
Also Govkhar Azimova who started in the UTF office has moved to be the pillar of strength of the tournament in international relations of the tournament organizing the visa, hospitality which are most vital and outmost concern for players .
Every year Ball kids look for progress hoping to become lines umpire , line umpires to become chair umpires and so many people trying to get involved in other departments continuing the success stories of many ." Events like the Tashkent open don't only produce stars on the courts but also stars of the courts" echelons of the sport. Not only are these of court stars using their skills to make the Tashkent open one of the most professionally managed event , but one of the most hospitable and enjoyable events on the WTA calender without any doubt.
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