Official Spotlight: Jeff Rothstein

It’s easy to talk tennis with Jeff Rothstein. The guy has done it all.

Rothstein has worked in marketing, and as a junior coach. He’s volunteered his time on USTA Committees. He’s been a Director of Tennis, and is even a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Eastern Hall of Fame.

These days, though, Rothstein may be most recognizable in the tennis world for his time serving as a tournament referee.

Rothstein managed the officiating at the recent USTA Middle States Open, a prize money event that took place at Mercer County Park in late June. [Related: if you don’t check out photos from the Middle States Open, you’re crazy.]

The job brings him to events all over. While he’s currently based in Florida, he also spends plenty of time at events in New Jersey, where he used to live full time.

“I have a house in New Jersey and my family lives in the area, so I always love coming back up this way,” he said.

Tournament referees, and officials in general, are important to make many events run smoothly. While each tournament requires different levels of officiating support, the goal at each one is the same: to ensure fair play and sportsmanship.

Officials play an integral role at tournaments at all levels from local community events to professional events. They serve as a Roving Umpire, Line Umpire, Referee or Chief Umpire.

Rothstein has been a tennis official for 14 years. So what keeps him doing it?

“It’s simple,” he said. “I enjoy it. The satisfaction of helping to be a part of a well-run tournament means a lot to me. It’s nice when players and parents come up to me and say, ‘I saw your name as referee, so I knew it would be a good tournament.’ It’s nice to know that the people appreciate our efforts.”

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