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Kurt Wassén took office as Chairman of the Officials Council in October 1996 and has served in that capacity since then. He also served on the Sanctions & Scheduling, Disciplinary & Grievance, and Adult Competition Committees.

Kurt has been a certified USTA tennis official since 1983. He worked as an umpire at the US Open for 10 years from 1985 to 1994 in addition to working at the Family Circle Cup, US Clay Court Championships, Federation Cup, US Pro Indoor and numerous USTA Satellite tournaments, during that time. He has been a chief umpire for USTA men’s Satellite tournaments and various pro invitational and exhibition matches. He has chaired matches for Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Bjorn Borg among several others.

Most of his officiating in recent years has focused on junior and collegiate tennis. He has umpired at the Belton Qualifier, Southern and National 12s, Blue-Gray Collegiate Invitational, ACC Championships, and NCAA Championships since 1994. More recently he has chaired matches at the Girls 14 Super Nationals, Boys 18 Super National Clay Courts, B/G16 Nationals and various USTA Southern Designated tournaments. His experience also includes refereeing one or two USTA-SC sanctioned junior tournaments a year. He is a USTA Officials Trainer and has conducted certification clinics for area officials since 1997. He has twice been the SC Official of the Year and was the Southern Official of the Year in 1999.

Wassén began playing tennis at the age of 44 and has played on the SC senior tournament circuit since 1977, amassing a few trophies over the years, mostly in doubles and mixed events. He has served on the boards of the Summerville Tennis Association and Kiawah Tennis Association, and as chairman of each.

He graduated from Lafayette College in 1951 and the Harvard Business School. He spent his 38-year business career with Westvaco Corporation and was President of Westvaco Development Corporation in Summerville, S.C. from 1974 until retiring in 1994.

Kurt and his wife, Joan, have three daughters, one son, and two grandchildren.

 

 
 
 
 
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