Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is a non-profit organization that is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States. Its mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis, which it does through two distinct business units:
- Professional Tennis: Promotes the growth of professional tennis in the United States and maximizes revenue opportunities to fund the mission.
- Community Tennis: Develops and implements tennis programs throughout the country.
The USTA bases allocation of its financial resources to its various programs based on two levels of priority:
- Develop tennis in communities that already have it and expand to others
- Increase revenue and American tennis players’ results at the US Open
- Increase American tennis players’ results on the Pro Circuit in general
- Encourage multicultural participation in tennis
- Market tennis to the non-tennis playing public.
- Increase American team results in the Davis Cup/ Fed Cup/ Olympics
- Develop more effective tennis-related information technology
- Increase membership and nationwide services
- Build tennis’ public image and develop public relations
- Increase the number of volunteers and recruit more staff members
The USTA is a volunteer-based organization led by a Board of Directors ("Board"), which is headed by a volunteer chair and president. To see the current Board members, visit the USTA’s website.
The Board establishes the organization’s policies and priorities. Dozens of volunteer committees, which represent the USTA membership and serve the tennis public, assist in this process. The Board also employs an executive director (who is also chief operating officer) to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, its offices, and its national staff.
The USTA owns and operates the US Open, which is the highest attended annual sporting event in the world. The US Open, held at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY, generates most of the revenue used by the USTA to promote and develop tennis nationwide.
A sports lawyer or agent familiar with the USTA can give you detailed information about it. The USTA bylaws forbid discrimination against individuals in any form. Additionally, if you are injured while playing tennis at a tennis club or other site hosting a USTA-sponsored event, the USTA may be liable. If you have a dispute with the USTA regarding these matters or anything else, consult a business lawyer immediately.