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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday June 10, 2020

 
Stacey Allaster

The USTA has named Stacey Allaster the Tournament Director of the US Open, making her the first woman to ever hold the position at a Grand Slam.

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The USTA has named Stacey Allaster as the Tournament Director of the US Open, making Allaster the first female to over hold the position at the American Grand Slam.

Tennis Express

Allaster, the former CEO of the WTA from 2009 to 2015, will stay on as the USTA's chief executive of professional tennis.

Allaster replaces outgoing David Brewer, who has held the position since 2012.

Allaster’s first year at the helm will be a complicated one. Over 400 players met today via Zoom to try to nail down a plan for tennis in the United States in August. The options are to hold the US Open and Cincinnati in New York, to hold just the US Open, or to hold nothing at all.

Opinions are mixed and there are many voices, from varying economic strata of tennis, that wish to have influence.

The United States is expected to hit 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases today, and matters could become further complicated by a second wave of the crisis.

Already the enhanced safety measures are threatening participation at the US Open, as top players have not warmed to the possibility of having to stay in hotels near JFK while undergoing multiple tests per week as well. Limited entourages are also a concern for players.

 

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