Stacey Allaster Named US Open Tournament Director
June 11, 2020
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 11, 2020 – The USTA announced that Stacey Allaster, its Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, has been named Tournament Director of the US Open, effective immediately. Allaster becomes the first female Tournament Director in the US Open’s 140-year history. As Tournament Director, Allaster will be responsible for all competitive aspects of the US Open tournament, including player relations, officiating, and match scheduling, among other duties.
Allaster succeeds David Brewer, who stepped down after eight years as Tournament Director following the 2019 US Open. Allaster joined the USTA in 2016 after nine-plus years at the WTA, where she served first as the President and then the Chairman and CEO of the women’s tour. Since joining the USTA, she has overseen a number of innovations at both the US Open and US Open Series events, including the serve clock and warm-up clock and on-court coaching during the US Open Qualifying and Junior tournaments.
“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. “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.”
During her tenure at the WTA, Allaster is credited with transforming the WTA Finals into a 10-day sports entertainment extravaganza, maximizing the fan experience through product innovations in media, data and technology, securing a 10-year media agreement, the largest live media rights and production venture in women’s sports history, and generating an estimated $1B in diversified contracted revenues.
Stacey has been named one of the Top 50 Heroes of Tennis in the past 50 years in Tennis Magazine, the WISE Woman of the Year, and a Sports Business Journal Gamechanger. In addition, she was recently recognized by L’Equipe as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Persons in Tennis Worldwide.