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Three Open Umpires Are Dismissed

September 12, 2004|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — Three U.S. Open chair umpires were dismissed from the tournament after an investigation into their improper handling of credentials at the Olympics.

The International Tennis Federation did not immediately suspend the officials -- all rated gold badge, the highest level -- but suggested to the Grand Slam event that the three not umpire during the second week.

The Daily News of New York identified the officials involved as Fergus Murphy, Lynn Welch and Christina Olausson.

The Open had some umpiring problems, none more noteworthy than during the quarterfinal between Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams in which four disputed calls went against Williams.

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