USTA: US Open, president, role, all you need to know
- 10 Mar 2020
What does USTA mean?
USTA means United States Tennis Association.
Where is it located?
The main office are located in New York City. There are also 17 other offices in different American states.
The exact address of the main office:
70 West Red Oak Lane
White Plains, New York 10604.
What is its role?
Its role is to promote and develop the growth of tennis in the United States from the amateur to the professional level. The association was created to standardise the rules and regulations. It organises tennis tournaments in the United States, both amateur and professional. The main one being a Grand Slam tournament, the US Open.
How long has it existed?
The United States Tennis Association was created in 1881, when it was called the US National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA). It became USLTA in 1920, abandoning the “National”, then USTA in 1975, abandoning the “Lawn”.
By who is the USTA directed?
The USTA is directed by its president Patrick Galbraith (center on the photo), since November 2018. He is a former American tennis player, who was world number one in doubles in 1993. He is the 54th president of the United States Tennis Association. He succeeded Katrina Adams, the first African-American woman to be elected president of USTA, in 2015.
What is the organizational chart of the USTA?
The USTA is organized as follows:
- President: Patrick J. Galbraith
- First Vice President: Michael J. McNulty III
- Vice President: Dr. Brian Hainline
- Vice President: Laura F. Canfield
- Treasurer: Tommy S. Ho
- Managing Directors: Jeffrey M. Baill; Violet Clark, Charles Gill, Eleni Rossides, Brian Vahaly and Kurt Zumwalt.
How is USTA acting in the Covid-19 crisis?
In a press release published on March 17, 2020, the USTA reacted to the postponement of Roland Garros, which decided to move the tournament from September 20 to October 4, one week after the US Open.
“At a time when the world must come together, we believe that such a decision should not be taken unilaterally,” wrote the USTA in a statement. He added, “The USTA would only postpone in consultation with other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup.”
The USTA published a new press release on April 1, 2020, after the announcement of the cancellation of Wimbledon, stating that for now, the US Open was being maintained on the scheduled dates (August 24 – September 13) but that the USTA was closely monitoring the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and will postpone the tournament if necessary.
The State of New York is hardly touched by the pandemic, and the USTA made available the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the authorities so that it could be set up as a temporary hospital with 350 beds to accommodate Covid-19 patients as soon as possible.
The USTA also published a press release on April 3, 2020, strongly advising tennis players in the United States to stop playing.
“Although there are no specific studies on tennis and COVID-19, medical advisors believe there is the possibility that the virus responsible for COVID-19 could be transmitted through common sharing and handling of tennis balls, gate handles, benches, net posts and even court surfaces.”
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