Involvement in Olympic scam gets three umpires tossed from U.S. Open

Tennis

September 12, 2004|By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NEW YORK - Three "gold-badge" umpires were dismissed early from the U.S. Open because of their involvement in a credential-forging scheme at the Olympics, sources told the New York Daily News yesterday.

And the early departures may have been one reason Mariana Alves - a lower-ranked official - worked the controversial Serena Williams-Jennifer Capriati quarterfinal.

Sources said several officials working in Athens were involved in a plan to alter their credentials to allow them increased access.

It was later found that three high-level umpires - Fergus Murphy, Lynn Welch and Christina Olausson - were involved, and the International Tennis Federation booted them from the Open early in the second week. Alves made an overrule against Williams on a point in the third set, a call that tournament officials admitted was wrong and led to Alves being held out of further duty at the Open.

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