My friends Ali and Siamak
August, 5th 2007

When I first started in Tennis Officiating, my goal was to become a Line Umpire. It was all about "calling my line". But I quickly discovered that the enjoyment was not just in working as an official. In fact, it soon became apparent that this is only a small part of it. Most of the joy I take from being an official, both on and off court, comes from spending time with some other tennis fanatics.

This page features Ali and Siamak, two special friends that I met during the 2006 and 2007 Odlum Brown Vancouver Open.

All pictures are available either in tar or zip formats. Also available is a tar archive of the original pictures, before being reworked. Note that the tarballs contain all the pictures I took, not just the ones I present on this page.

The pictures

Sometimes, you would think that you have to be nuts to be an official...

... And perhaps you might be right!