Stacey Allaster, USTA Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, has been named the next Tournament Director of the US Open. The announcement makes a history for the Grand Slam competition.
With her appointment, Stacey will be the first woman to serve in the role in the event’s 140-year history. She will assume responsibilities connected to all competitive aspects of the US Open, including player relations, officiating and match scheduling.
She had joined the USTA in 2016 after over nine years with the WTA, where she served as the tour’s chairman and CEO from 2009-15. The Ontario native initially joined the administration of the women’s professional circuit as its president in 2006.
In a statement, USTA Chairman and President Patrick Galbraith lauded Stacey as an “internationally renowned sports and entertainment leader, a champion of equality and an innovator in the sport of tennis.”
In recent years, Stacey has been named one of the “Top 50 Heroes of Tennis” in the past 50 years by Tennis magazine; a Woman of the Year by Women in Sports and Events (WISE); and as a “Game Changer” by Sports Business Journal. In addition, she was also recognized by the French newspaper L’Equipe as one of the Top 10 influencers in tennis worldwide.
“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 added, “and we’re proud to welcome her as the tournament’s first-ever female Tournament Director.”
Stacey succeeds David Brewer, who stepped down following the 2019 US Open after eight years in the role.