Hawk Eye Vision for this years Umpires
18th June 2009
Wimbledon’s line umpires have their eyes firmly on the ball for this summer’s tennis tournament, thanks to Rodenstock.
The 345 umpires and management staff, including 90 from overseas, for the two week tournament are now kitted out with Wimbledon sunglasses, many with prescription lenses. All featuring Sun Contrast grey green 65% tint lenses, offering UV protection to 400nm, they were selected to enhance contrast and assist with the umpires’ line call decisions. Part of Rodenstock’s sponsorship support programme, this also includes the cost of training the officials each year.
Matthew Morrissey, The Lawn Tennis Association’s Officiating Administrator, is delighted that the support continues for the eighteenth year –
“Rodenstock always ensure that the products meet our exact requirements. We like to have lenses that are not too dark so that the players can see the umpires’ eyes. The umpires at Wimbledon ranges from 17 to 70, so we have to suit all ages and the Rodenstock team does a good job to meet that demand. The look of the frames this year is fantastic,” he said.
“Rodenstock are very involved in helping us. The sponsorship of eyewear and cost of training officials each year is very valuable,” he added.
Supporting the Wimbledon sunglass licensing agreement, this has seen the brand promoted in practices throughout the country.