Eva Asderaki

Eva Asderaki (Greek: Εύα Ασδεράκη, born 27 January 1982),[1] also known by her married name Eva Asderaki-Moore, is a Greek tennis umpire, who has umpired international tennis matches since 2001. She has umpired at all four Grand Slam tournaments, and in 2015, she became the first woman to umpire a men's US Open tennis final.

Eva Asderaki-Moore
Εύα Ασδεράκη
Eva Asderaki.jpg
Eva Asderaki umpiring during the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
Born
Eva Asderaki

(1982-01-27) 27 January 1982 (age 38)
Chalcis, Greece
NationalityGreek
OccupationTennis umpire
Years active2001–present

Personal lifeEdit

Asderaki was born on 27 January 1982 in Chalcis, Greece.[1][2] As a youngster, she started playing tennis.[3] She was once ranked the seventh best under-16 tennis player in Greece.[4]

Asderaki has lived in England and now lives in Australia with her husband Paul Moore.[5] The couple married in 2012 in London,[6] and they had their first child in July 2018.[4]

CareerEdit

Asderaki has a gold umpiring accreditation from the International Tennis Federation.[1][5] She started as a line judge at her local tennis club in 1997,[1] and she earned her first ITF umpiring badge in Thessaloniki in 2000.[2][7] From 2000 to 2008, she studied umpiring in Luxembourg.[2] She is the only current international Greek tennis umpire.[7]

Asderaki's first professional event was in Athens in 2000. The event had a prize equivalent to around 10,000 for the winner.[6][8] Asderaki started umpiring internationally in 2001,[9] and her first international event was in Israel.[6] Asderaki umpired at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.[2] In 2007, she started regularly umpiring in WTA tour events.[10]

In 2011, Asderaki umpired in the women's singles events at Wimbledon,[2] and the US Open.[1] During the US Open final, she had a verbal disagreement with Serena Williams, after overturning a point as Williams had shouted during the rally.[1][11][12] Williams later said that Asderaki was "ugly on the inside,"[5] although Williams later claimed that she had mistaken Asderaki for another umpire that she had disagreed with on a previous occasion.[6]

In 2013, Asderaki umpired the women's singles final at Wimbledon.[2] In 2015, Asderaki became the first woman to umpire a men's US Open tennis final when she umpired the final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.[1][13] Her umpiring performance was seen as so good that she was more popular than Djokovic and Federer on social media after the final,[13] and Asderaki considers it the highlight of her career.[10] In 2016, she umpired at the Australian Open, her home grand slam, for the first time.[5] She umpired at the 2018 Fed Cup whilst pregnant.[14] She umpired at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, included the men's singles semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista Agut.[15] She umpired a 2019 US Open match between Federer and Damir Džumhur during which Džumhur was criticised for shouting at Asderaki.[16] In 2020, Asderaki umpired the Australian Open women's singles final between Sofia Kenin and Garbiñe Muguruza.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "First woman ever to umpire men's US Open final". Ellines.com. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "US OPEN: Greek Chair Umpire Eva Asderaki Makes History". Greek Reporter. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Sitting Down With Chair Umpire Eva Asderaki". SB Nation. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Life In The Chair: An Interview With ITF Umpire Eva Asderaki Moore". Pro Tennis Fan. 23 February 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Australian Open 2016: Meet the Melbourne umpire John McEnroe respects". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "Εύα Ασδεράκη: Kορυφαία και Ελληνίδα!" [Eva Asderaki: Top and Greek!]. Gazzetta.gr (in Greek). 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Ποια είνι η ελληνίδα που έκανε την Σερένα Γουίλιαμς να φωνάζει" [Who is the Greek woman who made Serena Williams shout]. Efimerida ton Syntakton. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Εύα Ασδεράκη, η Ελληνίδα που έγραψε ιστορία στον τελικό ανδρών του US Open 2015" [Eva Asderaki, the Greek woman who made history in the men's final of the US Open 2015]. Proto Thema (in Greek). 14 September 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  9. ^ "La serata magica di Eva Asderaki" [The magical evening of Eva Asderaki]. Tennis Best (in Italian). Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Federer v Djokovic 2015 US Open final is my career highlight - Asderaki". Tennis World USA. 22 July 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Stosur Captures the Title After a Williams Outburst". The New York Times. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Sei una brutta persona" [You are a bad person] (in Italian). 13 September 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Eva Asderaki-Moore, U.S. Open chair umpire, a star on Twitter". CBC Sports. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Dasha's hilarious moment with pregnant chair umpire". Yahoo Sports. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Η Εύα Ασδεράκη διευθύνει το ματς Τζόκοβιτς-Μπαουτίστα" [Eva Asderaki umpires the Djokovic-Bautista match]. Sports DNA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Roger Federer fights past chuntering Damir Dzumhur in the US Open". The Guardian. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Η Εύα Ασδεράκη διαιτητής στον τελικό των γυναικών" [Eva Asderaki umpire in the women's final]. Sports DNA. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2020.