USTA CEO Smith to retire at the end of 2019

Gordon Smith, the CEO and executive director of the USTA, announced Friday he will retire on Dec. 31, 2019.

He has served in the role since November 2007.

"We couldn't have asked for a finer leader and a more passionate advocate for the sport of tennis than Gordon Smith," said Patrick Galbraith, president and chairman of the board of the USTA. "He has brought our sport to new levels, he has represented American tennis with class and dignity around the world, and his act will be hard to follow."

During his 12-year tenure, Smith oversaw several initiatives. Among them was Net Generation, aimed at young tennis players, and an overhaul of the organization's digital platforms.

Additionally, the U.S. Open grew to record revenue and attendance under his leadership. He also took charge of the two largest infrastructure projects in USTA history: the five-year, $600 million renovation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, and the construction of the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.

Before assuming this role, Smith attended the University of Georgia, where he helped the Bulldogs win four consecutive SEC titles from 1971-75. He won the SEC doubles championship in 1975. He then went on to become senior partner in the Atlanta-based international law firm, King & Spalding.

"I never dreamed I would have a 12-year second career in the game that I love so much," Smith said. "It has been a great run and I look forward to the next phase of my life."

The USTA said it will hire a search firm to work with association staff to identify its next leader.

--Field Level Media

01/11/2019 15:35

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