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Former WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster to Lead USTA Professional Tennis Unit


From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 14, 2016 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that former WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has been named Chief Executive, Professional Tennis for the USTA.  Allaster will report to USTA Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Gordon Smith.


In her new position, Allaster will be tasked with setting the strategic vision for the USTA’s pro tennis division and will work closely with the USTA Board of Directors and the current USTA pro tennis staff to ensure the continued viability of professional tennis in the United States.  The USTA’s professional tennis holdings include the US Open, the Emirates Airline US Open Series, and the Western & Southern Open Masters event in Cincinnati, among others. USTA Chief of Professional Tennis Operations and US Open Tournament Director David Brewer will report to Allaster in her new role.


“Stacey’s track record in tennis is exemplary,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board and President.  “She is a role model, has been a success at every level of the sport, and is driven by a passion for tennis.  We know that she will help bring the USTA’s professional tennis interests to even greater heights.”


“Stacey’s commitment to the sport is second to none, and her track record of sustained success would be hard to surpass,” said Smith.  “We have added a one-of-a-kind asset to our world-class professional team here at the USTA, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”


During her tenure at the WTA, Allaster is credited with generating an estimated $1B in diversified contracted revenues; building and growing the brand globally with an emphasis in China and Asia Pacific; transforming the WTA Finals into a 10-day sports entertainment extravaganza; maximizing the fan experience through product innovations in media, data and technology; and securing a 10-year media agreement, the largest live media rights and production venture in women’s sports history.


Along with helping to ensure the financial success of the sport, Allaster was a strong advocate for women’s tennis, its promoters and athletes, and played a lead role in driving prize money growth – – including equal prize money at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, the WTA Finals and the four Premier Mandatory WTA events (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid & Beijing).

Allaster’s long history in the sport began with her first job at age 12 cleaning red clay courts at a community tennis club.  After stints at the Ontario Tennis Association, Allaster joined Tennis Canada, where she served in a variety of positions that ultimately included Tournament Director of the Canadian Open in Toronto (she was the only female tournament director within the Masters Series) and as the defacto chief marketing and revenue officers as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the national governing body of the sport in Canada.


Among her numerous honors, Allaster has been named the Sports Media Canada Executive of the Year, the WISE Woman of the Year, a SBJ Gamechanger, and has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 most powerful women in sports.  In 2015, Allaster was recognized and commended by the International Tennis Hall of Fame for her contributions to the sport.


Allaster, 52, is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she holds both a Bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Law, honoris causa (LL.D.).  She also has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business in Canada.  She became a U.S. citizen in 2015, and lives with her husband and two children


WTA CEO Stacey Allaster Announces Retirement


(September 22, 2015) The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced the transition of its long-term chair and CEO, Stacey Allaster, effective October 2, 2015. Allaster joined the WTA in January 2006 as its president and in July 2009 was promoted to chair and CEO.

Allaster: “It’s been a privilege to lead the organization that Billie Jean King founded and to have worked with the world’s best female athletes, dedicated tournament promoters and passionate and professional WTA team members. For 25 years I have dedicated my professional life to the sport and I’m proud of the work I leave behind.”

“But the recent loss of my brother-in-law and the ATP’s CEO, Brad Drewett, has provided a personal wake-up call about life, family and priorities and it is time for me to shift some time and energy that way. When I joined the WTA my goal was to leave the organization on a stronger footing and I feel a humble sense of pride in what we have all accomplished here. I have focused on what it means to be a champion and I have tried to be a strong role model for women to encourage success in the sports industry.” Official statement from the WTA below:

WTA Statement

More to follow……



Serena Williams Receives Written Apology from Russia’s Tennis Chief

Serena Williams

(October 23, 2014) Serena Williams told media in Singapore at the WTA Finals on Thursday that she has received a written apology from Russian Tennis President Shamil Tarpischev.

During her post-match news conference after dismantling Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 said: “Yes, I have received ‑‑ he has reached out to apologize to both myself and my sister.”

“It was written. No, I did not speak to him,” Williams added.

The WTA fined and suspended Tarpischev for offensive comments made during his appearance on a Russian TV show including referring to the Williams sisters as the “Williams brothers.”

The WTA fines the Russian tennis chief $25,000 and suspended from tour for a year.


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(October 17, 2014) Before this week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev during the taping of a Russian late-night television show called Evening Urgant, called Venus and Serena Williams “brothers.“

The WTA has come down on Tarpischev fining him the maximum allowed under the WTA tour rules, $25,000 and suspending him from tour for a year for his comments about Serena and Venus Williams.

The WTA Tour wants Tarpischev to be stripped from his position as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year.

Here are the full statements from WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster and US Tennis Association President, Chairman and CEO Dave Haggerty.



Media preview


USTA response to recent comments by Shamil Tarpischev regarding the Williams sisters

“As the President of the USTA and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Federation, I call on Shamil Tarpischev to issue a formal apology to Venus and Serena Williams. As the President of the Russian Tennis Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Tarpischev is expected to conduct himself with the highest degree of integrity and sportsmanship. Unfortunately, his comments do not embody either of these traits and in fact were reprehensible.”

— Dave Haggerty, President, Chairman and CEO, USTA


October 18, 2014 Update: An official statement from the Russian Tennis Federation and Tarpischev was released on Sunday.

The Associated Press reported on the statement, here are a few excerpts:

Tarpischev: Williams comments meant as jokes

Asked whether he regretted his comments, Tarpischev told The Associated Press at the Kremlin Cup that the program on which he spoke was “a humorous show,” adding: “I don’t answer stupid questions.”

When asked about his ban, Tarpischev said: “I can’t comment. I don’t understand it.”

In a statement released later by the Russian Tennis Federation, Tarpischev denied any “malicious intent” and said his quotes had been taken out of context.

“I didn’t want to offend any athlete with my words,” he said. “I regret that this joke … has garnered so much attention. I don’t think this incident deserves so much fuss.”

The Williams sisters are “outstanding athletes” who “personify strength and perseverance,” he added.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the ITAR-Tass agency that he regretted that Tarpischev had made the comments and that his suspension was “an unpleasant fact,” but suggested his sanction should be reduced.

“It’s probably worth trying to get the punishment softened,” Mutko said.



Courtesy of the WTA

Courtesy of the WTA WTAtennis.com Posted on October 19, 2014


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