GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former UNCG women's tennis player Taylor Mattox finished officiating at the 2013 US Open last week calling her last match in the men's quarterfinal round in Flushing Meadows, New York.
UNCGSpartans.com interviewed Mattox about her experience at one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.
1. What has been the most memorable part of officiating the US Open?
My inability to share specifics about certain players and matches limits how I can answer this question. On day two of the main draw I was on court calling a long line during a first round men's match. I looked up after the point and saw "US Open A USTA Event" on the wind screen and realized where I was. I am working the US Open! Of course it was my sixth day at the Open and the logo had been on the wind screen the whole time. It was just my fan moment as I was calling lines during what is touted as the largest and greatest tournament on the professional circuit.
2. What was the reason you got into officiating?
Tennis has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. I initially got certified to help my mom, who has been certified for more than 25 years with the junior tournaments in Statesville. When my collegiate career ended I wanted to give back to the sport that had given me so much and I decided to get more involved with officiating.
3. What tournament will you be working next?
The professional circuits have moved outside of the US for the most part. The fall college season is in full swing, I have several college tournament assignments over the next several weeks.
4. What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your profession?
I am finishing my Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology at ECU's Brody School of Medicine. My ultimate career goal would be getting a position at a large pharmaceutical company, where I can team with the brightest researchers and clinicians to find new therapeutic strategies to combat disease.
Mattox attended UNCG playing NCAA Division I tennis for the Spartans from 2007-09.