Marija Cicak Makes History as First Female Chair Umpire for Wimbledon Men's Singles Final
History will be made at this year's Wimbledon men's singles final.
Marija Cicak will become the first female chair umpire in the tournament's 144-year history.
The All England Club announced Saturday that the 43-year-old from Croatia will officiate the championship match between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini on Sunday.
Cicak has been a gold badge holder for a decade and a WTA member since 2012. She has more than a decade of experience at Wimbledon, having worked at the last 15 straight tournaments.
The Croatian umpired the Wimbledon final between Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard in 2014 and the women's doubles final in 2017. In 2018, Cicak also umpired the Wimbledon men's semi-final between John Isner and Kevin Anderson.
This year's tournament has already been fairly eventful.
"When you're young, you don't ask yourself the question. But when you're me, with the year I had, it's all question marks all over the place. You have to prove it again to yourself that you can actually do it," he said of the "very rewarding" experience, according to ATP Tour.
In June, Serena Williams was forced to exit in the first round after suffering an apparent leg injury. According to NBC Sports, the tennis star slipped during her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich before limping to her chair.
"I was heartbroken to have to withdraw today after injuring my right leg," Williams wrote on her Instagram page. "My love and gratitude are with the fans and the team who make being on centre court so meaningful. Feeling the extraordinary warmth and support of the crowd today when I walked on - and off - the court meant the world to me."
Last year's Wimbledon tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made after an analysis determined preparations required to stage the event did not align with U.K. government's health and safety guidelines at the time.
The 2021 tournament ends Sunday.