The tennis world remembers longtime ATP chair umpire and tournament supervisor Paulo Pereira who passed away earlier this month.
After 32 years with the ATP, including 2,540 professional matches officiated and more than 360 tournaments supervised, the Brazilian left his post as supervisor in 2013 but remained involved in the sport.
“I don’t want to stop working with sport, mainly tennis, but I’m looking for new challenges, because quitting would leave behind a piece of myself with each passing year,” Pereira told AFP. era. “I want to stay active, looking for opportunities to help others with everything I’ve learned in all my years on the Tour.”
Internationally recognized and highly regarded for his work on behalf of the sport of tennis, he was a popular figure on his travels and considered the strong relationships he developed to be the most significant aspect of his tenure.
“Throughout my journey with the ATP, I have made many friends, including my colleagues, tournament directors, players and coaches, and that means more to me than any other accomplishment I have. have achieved in sport,” he added.
A supervisor for 15 years from 1998 to 2013, Pereira’s next chapter saw him become Sao Paolo ATP 250 Tournament Director in 2014. He also took on other roles within the Rules and Competition department after leaving his position at full time, including a designation coordinator role.
Pereira, who began a career in civil engineering before working in tennis, said he was “permanently seduced” by the world of sport, which prompted him to abandon this path in favor of a commitment to full time in tennis.
He is survived by his wife Marisa.
Pereira recalled by ATP friends and colleagues
Carlos Bernardes, Long-time ATP referee
Paulo was our mentor and a great friend. He was an inspiration to all of us. If we have a lot of Brazilians, South American chair umpires and line umpires working around the world, we have Paulo to thank for that. I have many special memories of working with Paulo, but I will never forget how he was always there when any of us needed him. To praise or criticize, give advice or even just listen. Paulo has always been there. A great tennis official and an unforgettable friend. Rest in peace my friend.”
Carlos Sanches, ATP supervisor
“Paulo was not only a colleague for me but also one of my closest friends. He was also my mentor at the beginning of my career and I will never forget his very particular sense of humor. He we will be sorely missed.”
Laura Wawrin, Senior Manager, Rules and Competition
“Paulo touched my life in all the best ways. I am forever grateful to have had him as a true friend and mentor. I will miss him very much.“
Ricardo Reis, longtime tennis official
“Our pioneer, our guide, our friend. An example of dedication, honesty and professionalism. We were very lucky to have him as our leader for so many years. In the name of South American refereeing, we express our gratitude, respect and admiration for his trajectory.”