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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Woman Umpire Passed Over for Men's Final

WIMBLEDON, England -- A woman has yet to sit in the umpire's chair for a men's final at Wimbledon, and it will not happen this year.


Britain has six gold-badge holders, the highest rank for an umpire, at this Wimbledon. One is a woman, Jane Harvey. Since the five men have all done previous men's finals, it would seem that it's Harvey's turn.


Not so. The British Tennis Umpires Association on Thursday picked one of the men, John Frame, to do the final.


"We do it by sitting around a table and just sorting it out,'' said Roger Smith, Wimbledon's chief umpire. "You're looking for someone who is highly qualified and we tend to believe they should be British.''


Asked about Harvey, who did the women's final last year, Smith said she was ruled out on a technicality.


"She did the ladies' final last year and we tend not to put people who've done singles finals in another singles final the following year,'' he said.


Mike Morrissey -- another of the six gold badge holders -- will do the women's final.


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Mark Hillaby, the groundsman who was almost beheaded, was back on duty Thursday at Center Court.


And he wasted little time getting back to work.


Hillaby was knocked unconscious when he was struck in the head by a medal frame attached to the tarp while rushing to get Center Court covered over during the rain delay in the match between Pete Sampras and Richard Krajicek late Wednesday. He was rushed to the hospital for X-rays and released.


Back on court Thursday, Hillaby was pressed into service quickly when play was stopped for yet another rain delay, and he leapt to his duties with alacrity.