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Marija Cicak Becomes The First Female Umpire In Wimbledon Men’s Final. It Was About Time

July 12, 2021 | by Akanksha Narang

The world is still not used to women being in a position that holds authority. When a male lead gives an order, the team listens and maybe, even appreciates how assertive he is. They say he probably knows what he is doing. But when a female lead gives feedback and aims for perfection, the men reporting to her often feel perturbed by the authority she holds. They will go around bad-mouthing her for being unfair and too much; they will ridicule her in various ways. Is she being PMS-y? How does her husband deal with her? Maybe she is frustrated because she isn’t getting any action at home. People talk and people talk dirty. Maybe that’s why, in male dominated professions you rarely see any female lead. Sometimes, it’s one in maybe like few decades. Some are still waiting for their first. Marija Cicak will now umpire the men’s singles final at Wimbledon 2021. She is all set to become the first woman to ever do that. First, in 130-year-long history of it!

Marija Cicak will umpire this Sunday’s match between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Barrettini. Cicak umpired the Wimbledon women’s final between Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard in 2014 and the women’s doubles final in 2017. She has also officiated the women’s singles gold medal match at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and before at the Athens, and London Olympics.

 

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Before becoming an umpire, Marija Cicak has excelled as an athlete herself. She started playing tennis at the age of six and by 12, she was playing tournaments! Cicak told WTA tennis that she thinks she was “born for sports.” She has trained in Karate, table tennis, handball and swimming too.

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We love that this is finally happening – a female umpire for men’s singles final. I’d love to see her be a boss babe there and men can finally learn to see a woman being one. Hopefully, this will be the first of many.

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