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2005 Apr 26 - Referee Alan Mills to retire

Alan Mills - legendary Referee of the Wimbledon Championships - has announced he is set to retire after this years tournament, following 23 years of service. His and will be replaced by current Assistant Referee Andrew Jarrett.

Tim Phillips (AELTC Chairman) said:

"The success of The Championships derives from the quality of the people who make it happen.

"The contribution of Alan Mills and the team he has led over the years cannot be underestimated and we are extremely grateful to Alan and his colleagues for the fantastic service they have given during his tenure.

"I would also thank Alan very much personally for his help and advice in developing our succession plans in the Referee’s Office.

"At the same time, I welcome the appointment of Andrew Jarrett as the next Championships’ Referee. Andrew has been Assistant Referee at The Championships since 2001 and the Referee at Qualifying since 2002.

"In addition to his domestic and international refereeing experience, Andrew, like Alan, has the key advantage of having played the game to a high level, having represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup and having played at all the Grand Slams.

"This, in our view, is invaluable in appreciating the players’ perspective and gaining their confidence – skills that Alan has consistently demonstrated so ably.

"Now, we have the 2005 Championships to look forward to and I wish them both a most successful event, particularly Alan Mills as he referees his 23rd championships for us."

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