To My USTA Family

As I “celebrated” my 65th birthday during the 2018 US Open and began my 12th year as CEO and Executive Director in November, it seemed appropriate to reflect on my future and the future path of the USTA.  After much reflection, I have decided to retire effective December 31, 2019.  I have announced my retirement this morning at the USTA Leadership meeting in Las Vegas but wanted all of you to hear it from me. 

Together, we have all accomplished much that we can be proud of over my past twelve years here, including our launch of Net Generation, our digital transformation, the building and opening of the USTA National Campus, and of course the growth and spectacular transformation of the US Open and its home, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

But for me, the greatest reward has been working with all of you.  Our organization is blessed with passionate advocates for the sport of tennis.  A group of amazing, dedicated staff who, when working together, are making a difference in thousands, if not millions, of other lives.  Our incredible staff have always been and will always be the backbone of our organization and show the way to grow our great game. 

They say that tennis is the sport of a lifetime, and I am living proof of that.  My life is fuller, better, and will continue to be so, because of our great sport.  You will see from the attached press release, which is going out later today, that the USTA Board will begin a search for my replacement, one that I am happy to assist with.  

I thank all of you for your commitment to the sport, and I am sure our paths will continue to cross throughout the remainder of this year and in the future.  Let’s all continue to work together to grow our great game and bring it to more people in more ways than ever before. Thanks for all of your support and assistance over the years.

Gordon SmithChief
Executive Officer & Executive Director

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