French Open 2024: Lucas Feron is first wheelchair user to officiate at Grand Slam | News World

Before the attack, he called the lines in the 2018 French Open women’s final and 2021 men’s final, plus prestigious ATP finals in Monte Carlo and Bercy.

In 2021, he was awarded white badge status – putting him in the second tier of top international officials.

It has been an arduous road back for Feron, whose progress is being carefully managed by French Tennis Federation’s officiating bosses.

Last year, Feron returned to Roland Garros in an exhibition match during the Yannick Noah charity day.

This year, he worked at an ATP Challenge event in Bordeaux, which he said helped “improve his eyes” on the ball.

His level was deemed good enough for the French Open, starting on the outside courts of the main-draw events before being promoted to Simonne Mathieu – the third show-court – and then Chatrier.

Feedback about a line judge’s performance comes from a technical supervisor assigned to each court and the chair umpire of the match.

“We need to have excellent officiating on all courts, that’s…


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