Former International Official Referees for Pros, NCAA, SEC and Vanderbilt
By Corey Nason Reese
November 13, 2014
Nashville’s Carole Cox worked as an international tennis official – both in the chair and as a linesperson from 1989 – 2002. She officiated at Wimbledon, the US Open, Pan American Games and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta – calling lines and sitting in the chair for Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Lisa Raymond and the Jenson brothers, just to name a few.
When she retired from international officiating, she became a referee and chief umpire, as well as a national USTA trainer/evaluator. For the past decade, she has overseen matches for the Vanderbilt men and women tennis teams, the Women’s SEC Championship and the NCAA Women’s tournament.
“Everyone who officiates does it because they feel they have something to offer to the game. You have to love it because there are not that many people who can make a living doing this,” Carole said. “I worked with other officials from around the world who came from all walks of life. The friendships and camaraderie were the greatest benefits.”