USTA NAMES ERIC BUTORAC AS DIRECTOR, PROFESSIONAL TENNIS OPERATIONS AND PLAYER RELATIONS
Former ATP Player Council President Hired to Enhance Player Relations
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 03, 2016 – The USTA today announced that outgoing ATP Player Council president and former Top 20 doubles player Eric Butorac has been named Director, Professional Tennis Operations and Player Relations, USTA, starting in October 2016. Butorac will have a dual report to USTA Chief Executive, Professional Tennis Stacey Allaster and US Open Tournament Director David Brewer.
In this newly created role, Butorac will be responsible for enhancing player relations year-round across all of the USTA’s professional tennis events, including the US Open, and he will work closely with both professional tours. Additionally, he will assist USTA Player Development with doubles coaching and mentoring and will work with Player Development and Professional Tennis Operations on enhancing the USTA Pro Circuit, among other duties.
“Eric will bring a unique player perspective to our USTA team,” said Allaster. “He is a well-respected professional whose leadership on the ATP Player Council will be a tremendous asset for our organization moving forward.”
Butorac, 35, has won 18 ATP doubles titles in his 14-year professional career and reached the doubles final at the 2014 Australian Open. A native of Rochester, Minn., he served eight years on the ATP Player Council and succeeded Roger Federer as its President in 2014.
Butorac was a three-time ITA all-American while playing college tennis for Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and won the NCAA Division III singles and doubles titles in 2003. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for Harvard’s men’s tennis team from 2010-14.
Butorac will start in this new position on October 1, 2016. He plans on playing through the summer with his career culminating at the 2016 US Open.