Linda Miller played tennis as a child and in college. As an adult, she coached for three years. So it’s only natural that her involvement continued from there.
Since she began officiating, Miller, who lives in New Jersey, has officiating at all levels, including the US Open, which she will work again in 2019. She’s officiated at the US Open since 2010 — just a few short years after beginning as an official.
“I was very lucky to have gotten to the Open so early,” she said. “I know a lot of people can work for many more years before they get to an Open. I’m really thankful for the chances I’ve had.”
Miller earned those chances through hard work and, of course, doing a great job officiating as many events as possible in the junior, college and adult areas. She first became interested in officiating back in 2007. Shortly after, she took a lines clinic in Binghamton, N.Y. Her goal from the start was to begin officiating professional matches.
Miller’s first “big” pro tournaments were in Miami and Washington D.C. She remembers the nerves from working the events, but doesn’t remember many of the other details.
“Once I leave the court, I tend to look toward the next match,” she said. “So I don’t recall my first match as an an official, or my first match at the Open.”
What she does remember, though, is the first time she had a call challenged.
“It was a Li Na match with Hawkeye in Miami,” she said. “She challenged me twice, and my heart was pumping. I won both challenges — which I wish could happen every time I get challenged.”
Miller said the toughest thing about officiating is dealing with missed calls.
“If you have a bad day or a bad rotation, it’s hard,” she said. “If you miss a call, it’s hard not to beat yourself up. But you have to let it go immediately or you’re going to lose your focus.”
It’s all worth it for the relationships she’s made and the experiences she’s had.
“It’s kind of like when you’re playing a match,” she said. “The adrenaline rush — it’s the same thing that happens to me officiating. And the people are amazing. I’ve had the same roommate at the Open since I first started going. It’s so nice to be together and come back after a long day, and tell our stories. There’s a lot of camaraderie.”
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