Former WTA CEO Stacey Allaster Named the First Woman Tournament Director of the U.S. Open
(June 10, 2020) Both the Sports Business Daily and the Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Stacey Allaster will be the new Tournament Director of the US Open. She becomes the first woman to have that position.
Breaking tennis news: Andre Silva is leaving his role as CEO and tourney director of @CincyTennis to take tournament dir. job w/ the @THEPLAYERSChamp + confirmation that Stacey Allaster is @usopen ‘s first woman tournament dir. More in @sbjsbd (sub req) https://t.co/HduZIVct7m pic.twitter.com/eNgjXJ64q1
— Bret McCormick (@Bretjust1T) June 10, 2020
Allaster is the former CEO of the WTA women’s tour and since 2016 has been working for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as the chief executive of professional tennis. She’ll stay in that role in addition to taking on the Tournament Director spot replacing David Brewer who stepped down last year.
“Stacey Allaster is an internationally renowned sports and entertainment leader, a champion of equality and an innovator in the sport of tennis,” said USTA Chairman and President Patrick Galbraith in a USTA press release. “She is the perfect leader to ensure the US Open continues to thrive and attracts new generations of fans and players in the years to come, and we’re proud to welcome her as the tournament’s first-ever female Tournament Director.”
The US Open is scheduled to make a decision about whether the tournament will take place in mid-June. The tennis tour has been suspended until the end of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated on June 11, 2020