It is a Sunday of firsts in Wimbledon. In the men’s final of the prestigious tennis tournament there will be no first time only an Italian, Matteo Berrettini, but also a referee woman. The chair judge in the match between Novak Djokovic and the Roman tennis player is the Croatian Marija Cicak.
The 43-year-old has already refereed the women’s final of 2014 between Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard, that of the women’s doubles in 2017 and also directed the historic final of the US Open 2015 between the Italians Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta.
Marija Cicak, born in Zagreb, attended the last 15 editions of Wimbledon, at the Olympics in Athens, London and Rio in 2016, where she refereed the women’s final. The Wimbledon tournament is the last of the four Grand Slam tournaments to choose a woman as chair referee of the men’s final.
To the US Open, the Greek Eva Asderaki-Moore did the history in 2015 arbitrating the final won by Djokovic against Roger Federer, and the French Sandra de Jenken made its way in 2007 during the finals of theAustralian Open is Roland-Garros.
Even to the Europeans of football there is a first time for women, the commentator Katia Serra will tell about the other highly anticipated match this Sunday: the final between Italy and England at Wembley. The former footballer is so therethe first woman to comment on the Azzurri in an official final.
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