US OPEN TENNIS: Former WTA CEO Stacey Allaster becomes first female tournament director at US Open

Stacey Allaster is the US Open’s new tournament director, the first  woman to hold that job at the American Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Allaster is a former CEO of the WTA women’s tour and has worked at the US Tennis Association since 2016, pushing for changes such as the serve clock and warmup clock and lobbying for coaching to be allowed during matches.

Stacey Allaster is replacing David Brewer as US Open director.

She will stay on as the USTA’s chief executive of professional tennis, the association said on Wednesday.

This is a pivotal time for the group that oversees tennis in the United States.

The USTA announced Monday that it had eliminated 110 positions from its national staff and is expected to decide as soon as next week whether to hold its marquee event amid the coronavirus pandemic. The US Open’s main draw is scheduled to begin 31 August.

Allaster is replacing David Brewer, who joined the USTA in 1997 and became the Open’s tournament director in 2012. The USTA said last year that Brewer would be stepping down after the 2019 Open.