In a recent interview with the NY Times, referee Kader Nouni revealed how, when he was 16, a phone call with his girlfriend set the course for his career. “When he was 16, Nouni called a girlfriend at his house and his father picked up the phone, he recalled during a recent interview in Bryant Park in Manhattan.
The girl’s father passed the phone to his daughter, but the next day, Nouni’s girlfriend told her that her father didn’t think they were the same age,” writes Jesús Jiménez of the NY Times. «Because of your voice,» Nouni recalled him saying.
«That’s how it all started». However, Nouni has been on the tennis courts since he was little. “When Nouni was 12 years old, a tournament organizer was looking for officials for a local competition and Nouni was asked if he wanted to work as a referee for adult matches.
He complied, not realizing that it would become his job for decades,” writes the NY Times. “When you’re 12 years old and you have to deal with adults, and they have to listen to you, it’s fun,” Nouni said.
Kader Nouni wants to be a good referee
During his interview with the New York Times, Nouni noted that he would like to be considered a good referee rather than a referee with a recognizable voice. “We always say that a good officer is someone we don’t talk about,” Nouni said.
«I always wanted to be good and I wanted people to talk more about being a good official.» «If you want to keep talking about my voice, I don’t have a problem with that anymore,» he said. Nouni said that he does not plan to quit tennis any time soon.
“You can’t do this job if you don’t like it,” Nouni said. «Impossible. You don’t survive. I think I’ll stop when I feel like it’s time to stop and I’m not enjoying it anymore.»