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Stacey Allaster appointed first female US Open tournament director, plus more

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced Stacey Allaster, its chief executive, professional tennis, as the next tournament director of the US Open grand slam tournament. Allaster, who becomes the first woman to serve in the role in the event’s 140-year history, succeeds David Brewer, who stepped down following the 2019 US Open after eight years in the job. Allaster joined the USTA in 2016 after more than nine years with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), where she was the tour's chairman and chief executive from 2009 to 2015. 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 hailed Allaster as an ‘internationally renowned sports and entertainment leader, a champion of equality and an innovator in the sport of tennis’. He continued: ‘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 and we’re proud to welcome her as the tournament’s first-ever female tournament director.

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