Stacey Allaster: The Story Of US Open’s First Woman Tournament Director


Stacey Allaster

Stacey Allaster is replacing David Brewer as the Director of the US Open tournament. David Brewer stepped down from his role following the 2019 US Open. And his eight years journey in that role comes to an end. Stacey Allaster previously served as the Chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association from 2009 to 2015.

Stacey was born on July 12, 1963, Windsor, Ontario, and grew up in Welland, Ontario. She started playing tennis at the age of 12. Allaster was a member of the Welland Tennis Club, where she learned about tennis. She also provided tennis training to the children and adults in that club. After graduation from university, she started to work for the Ontario Tennis Association as a membership sales co-ordinator and also worked as the director of player development. She served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Tournament Director of the Rogers Cup.

WTA President Stacey Allaster

Stacey Allaster

In 2006, she was appointed to be the President of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) when the role newly created in the organization. In July 2009, Allaster was promoted to be the chairman and CEO of the WTA Tour, succeeding Larry Scott.

Furthermore, in 2011, the WTA Board of Directors extended Allaster’s CEO contract until 2017. During her tenure as CEO, the WTA secured 1 billion dollars in diversified contracted revenues. Allaster was also responsible for the partnership of an international media agreement.

Stacey retired from her role as CEO of the WTA due to personal change in her priorities and Steve Simon, the Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open succeeded Allaster appointed as the new WTA chairman and CEO.

Allaster is going to be the first woman to serve in the role of the event’s 140-year history. She is responsible for all competitive aspects of the US Open, including player relations, officiating, and match schedule.

Stacey Allaster

Allaster joined the USTA in 2016 after serving in WTA. First up all She worked in the administration of the women’s professional circuit as the president in 2006.

In a statement, USTA Chairman and President Patrick Galbraith lauded Allaster as an “internationally renowned sports and entertainment leader, a champion of equality and an innovator in the sport of tennis. 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.”

Galbraith also said that “and we’re proud to welcome her as the tournament’s first-ever female Tournament Director.”

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