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Vaidisova Ruled
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:23 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA - The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announced on Monday the appointment of Stacey Allaster, the Tour's President since 2006, as the new Chairman and CEO of the world's leading global sport for women. Allaster will begin her new role immediately and will continue to be based at the Tour's U.S. headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. The naming of Allaster culminates an international search undertaken by the Tour's Board of Directors and led by leading global executive recruitment firm Korn/Ferry International.
Commenting on her appointment as Chairman and CEO, Stacey Allaster said: "I am honored to lead the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, which since its founding by Billie Jean King (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/Player/Info/0,,12781%7E4011,00.html) 36 years ago has continued to break barriers and grow into a premier global sporting league. The Tour and our sport have enjoyed unprecedented success over the past years, and we are poised for even greater heights in the years to come. Our primary and enduring focus will be our fans, our players and our tournaments, and continuing to build a premium sport and entertainment brand."
"Women's tennis and the Tour have never been stronger as a business, and Stacey has been at the center of this business success over the past years," said Sony Ericsson WTA Tour world No.3, seven-time Grand Slam champion and Player Council member Venus Williams (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/Player/Info/0,,12781%7E9027,00.html?). "Stacey has helped to lead the development of a stronger Tour product through the passage of a healthier and streamlined circuit structure. I believe that Stacey will be a great leader for the Tour, understands how players can help drive our business, and has all the tools to take our sport to even greater heights."
"Stacey Allaster is one of the most talented and respected leaders in our sport," said Steve Simon, Tournament Board Representative and Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/Tournaments/Info/0,,12781%7E543,00.html) women's event. "Stacey brings to the role a track record of success in the areas of sales, marketing and television, possesses a deep understanding as to the needs of tennis fans, and has the respect of our players, tournaments and entire tennis industry. Stacey's appointment is great news for both the organization and the sport."
Allaster, 46, succeeds Larry Scott, who held the position for six years prior to becoming the Commissioner of NCAA's PAC-10 Conference. Recognized as one of the most internationally successful female sports executives, Allaster came to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on January 1, 2006 in the newly-created role of President, responsible for the Tour's operations, business development, television, new media and tournament and player relations. Since joining the Tour, Allaster has played an integral role in a number of groundbreaking Tour achievements and is credited with helping to take the business of women's professional tennis to unprecedented heights, including:
(i) passage of the Tour's landmark Roadmap reform plan, which has resulted in a 40% increase in prize money, $750 million of new stadium investment and a healthier calendar better able to ensure that fans see top players competing more often on the Tour's biggest stages;
(ii) implementation of more fan friendly innovations to the sport than in its prior history, including working with leaders of other tennis governing bodies to bring electronic line calling to the sport, as well as on-court coaching, pre-match player interviews, interviews with coaches during matches and a new doubles scoring format;
(iii) expansion of the Tour's global television footprint and launch of groundbreaking digital initiatives, including TennisTV.com in partnership with the ATP World Tour, bringing live streaming of matches from the world's top women's and men's Tour events to a global online audience, along with a brand new fan friendly official Tour website;
(iv) playing a lead role in the prior renewal of the Tour's biggest three sponsorship deals - Sony Ericsson, Whirlpool and Dubai Duty Free;
(v) achievement of the Tour's longstanding quest to grant equal prize money for women tennis players at Wimbledon and Roland Garros, along with the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships and five of the biggest events on the Tour; and
(vi) reestablishment of the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships as a premier season ending event.
Prior to joining the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Allaster served as Vice President and Tournament Director at Tennis Canada where she is credited with leading a professional tennis resurgence during her tenure. She was instrumental in generating record revenues and attendance at the Canadian Open (currently known as the Rogers Cup), and turning each of the tournaments in Montreal and Toronto into premier global sporting properties. Allaster played an instrumental role in the building and fundraising for Toronto's world-class Rexall Tennis Centre, and led a team that generated over $165 million in sponsorship and stadium revenues for the development of the sport.
A consummate tennis professional, Allaster has held every position in the sport of tennis, from a junior to a collegiate player, to a Tournament Director of prestigious Masters Series and Premier Events, to Tour President.

TennisMindCamp
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Oh wow, very interesting. Thanks for the info

spartanfan
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:35 PM
Who?

spiritedenergy
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Who?

your average silly ho

tenn_ace
Jul 13th, 2009, 06:34 PM
(i) passage of the Tour's landmark Roadmap reform plan,;



wouldn't put that as an achievement

DOUBLEFIST
Jul 13th, 2009, 06:47 PM
This is a good choice for anyone who's happy with the direction things are going.

She is a "continuity" choice. Nothing surprising.

crazillo
Jul 13th, 2009, 07:11 PM
Everything will stay the same.

Horizon
Jul 13th, 2009, 07:24 PM
:o

iGOAT
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:32 PM
I'm too lazy to read the article. Who is the new President, or is she both?

¤CharlDa¤
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:42 PM
Stacey :) She did wonders for the Toronto Rogers Cup. Let's see what she can do here before starting to complain.

Havok
Jul 13th, 2009, 11:15 PM
Well every time the Rogers cup comes along, she's usually shown on TV announcing her new projects, so I think the WTA is left in good hands. Hopefully she starts to retool what she already has and starts to make more sense of it. The current WTA definitely has some promise to it, but I think it's missing some guidance.

LightWarrior
Jul 13th, 2009, 11:35 PM
Since joining the Tour, Allaster has played an integral role in a number of groundbreaking Tour achievements and is credited with helping to take the business of women's professional tennis to unprecedented heights, including:
(i) passage of the Tour's landmark Roadmap reform plan, which has resulted in a 40% increase in prize money, $750 million of new stadium investment and a healthier calendar better able to ensure that fans see top players competing more often on the Tour's biggest stages;
to Tour President.

Oh come on, she's even worse that Larry Scott. There are already GS and Miami that have all the top women competing. We don't need 10 tournaments where all top ten players compete. Didn't she learn her lesson yet ? The Roadmap doesn't work. It has led to Safina becoming a misleading #1. I hope Serena hits back at her.

spartanfan
Jul 14th, 2009, 01:16 AM
your average silly ho
Who are you referring to as a silly ho?:confused:

canuckfan
Jul 14th, 2009, 01:48 AM
Oh come on, she's even worse that Larry Scott. There are already GS and Miami that have all the top women competing. We don't need 10 tournaments where all top ten players compete. Didn't she learn her lesson yet ? The Roadmap doesn't work. It has led to Safina becoming a misleading #1. I hope Serena hits back at her.

You're probably right. You should have been named CEO instead. You were robbed! :shout:

danieln1
Jul 14th, 2009, 01:55 AM
Do you think there will be a thread : Stacey Allaster needs fired! :haha: :haha:

That thread was legendary...

cellophane
Jul 14th, 2009, 01:58 AM
I was annoyed enough hearing about her on Canadian coverage :o

ZODIAC
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:50 AM
women leading women is going to be tricky,women as bosses can be conniving and vindictive

Atrixo
Jul 14th, 2009, 05:20 AM
women leading women is going to be tricky,women as bosses can be conniving and vindictive

Gee, gender stereotype much? :rolleyes:

C. Drone
Jul 14th, 2009, 09:08 AM
Oh come on, she's even worse that Larry Scott. There are already GS and Miami that have all the top women competing. We don't need 10 tournaments where all top ten players compete. Didn't she learn her lesson yet ? The Roadmap doesn't work. It has led to Safina becoming a misleading #1. I hope Serena hits back at her.

so, you want 5 big tournaments and 5465464 Tier-V? :haha:
your mother failed when she got pregnant.

seriously, what part of the roadmap caused that Safina has more points than Serena? c'mon, tell us.

Golovinjured.
Jul 14th, 2009, 11:33 AM
:inlove:

spiritedenergy
Jul 14th, 2009, 03:41 PM
Who are you referring to as a silly ho?:confused:

Stacey Whatever honey:kiss:

sammy01
Jul 14th, 2009, 04:19 PM
well she cant surely make more of a mess of the WTA than it currently is.

imo the road map has been a complete fail, who wants huge prizemoney and huge empty stadiums if players like razzano are in finals.

HenryMag.
Jul 14th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Wow, 70% of the article is about $$$$.

SAEKeithSerena
Jul 14th, 2009, 10:57 PM
after reading her praise for Safina as number one, i'm scared at what's to come.

LightWarrior
Jul 14th, 2009, 11:42 PM
after reading her praise for Safina as number one, i'm scared at what's to come.

Why ? This Allaster woman will keep embarassing herself. It's like electing Bush for a third term. Praising Safina and Dementieva... Sure those two could play 48 tournaments a year without winning a slam.:help:
She's just after money, not caring a bit about having a relevant tour that makes sense.

ZODIAC
Jul 15th, 2009, 01:25 AM
Why ? This Allaster woman will keep embarassing herself. It's like electing Bush for a third term. Praising Safina and Dementieva... Sure those two could play 48 tournaments a year without winning a slam.:help:
She's just after money, not caring a bit about having a relevant tour that makes sense.Women as leaders can be emotional and catty,I hope she will be ousted by the players like that LPGA CEO.:rolleyes:

fufuqifuqishahah
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:11 AM
Oh come on, she's even worse that Larry Scott. There are already GS and Miami that have all the top women competing. We don't need 10 tournaments where all top ten players compete. Didn't she learn her lesson yet ? The Roadmap doesn't work. It has led to Safina becoming a misleading #1. I hope Serena hits back at her.

ur weird

canuckfan
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:24 AM
Why ? This Allaster woman will keep embarassing herself. It's like electing Bush for a third term. Praising Safina and Dementieva... Sure those two could play 48 tournaments a year without winning a slam.:help:
She's just after money, not caring a bit about having a relevant tour that makes sense.

What's a relevant tour that makes sense nothingfails999?

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:34 AM
What's a relevant tour that makes sense nothingfails999?
A tour where Serena Williams is #1 :lol:

Corswandt
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:55 AM
well she cant surely make more of a mess of the WTA than it currently is.

I'm sure she'll find a way.

The only people happy with this appointment are Canadians. :lol:

It's really telling that the WTA couldn't afford to bring in a top manager from the outside like the ATP did. It seems Allaster took a major part in the WTA's decision making over the last few years, so she can't be expected to backtrack on some of the idiotic decisions the WTA has taken under good 'ole Larry. Actually, her main concern is probably to cover her own trail so that she can get away relatively unscathed if when the time arrives to hold the WTA's board accountable for what they've done.

imo the road map has been a complete fail, who wants huge prizemoney and huge empty stadiums if players like razzano are in finals.

The tournament shuffle that went with Larry's Roadkill 2010 Plan actually made the calendar a bit more rational. But the WTA made the cardinal error of attempting to expand when entrenching and waiting for better days, or even downsizing, were in order. Now it's buried in debt.

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:06 AM
I'm sure she'll find a way.

The only people happy with this appointment are Canadians. :lol:

It's really telling that the WTA couldn't afford to bring in a top manager from the outside like the ATP did. It seems Allaster took a major part in the WTA's decision making over the last few years, so she can't be expected to backtrack on some of the idiotic decisions the WTA has taken under good 'ole Larry. Actually, her main concern is probably to cover her own trail so that she can get away relatively unscathed if when the time arrives to hold the WTA's board accountable for what they've done.

The tournament shuffle that went with Larry's Roadkill 2010 Plan actually made the calendar a bit more rational. But the WTA made the cardinal error of attempting to expand when entrenching and waiting for better days, or even downsizing, were in order. Now it's buried in debt.

Actually, it seems to be even more Allaster's road-map than Scott's.

sammy01
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:47 AM
I'm sure she'll find a way.

The only people happy with this appointment are Canadians. :lol:

It's really telling that the WTA couldn't afford to bring in a top manager from the outside like the ATP did. It seems Allaster took a major part in the WTA's decision making over the last few years, so she can't be expected to backtrack on some of the idiotic decisions the WTA has taken under good 'ole Larry. Actually, her main concern is probably to cover her own trail so that she can get away relatively unscathed if when the time arrives to hold the WTA's board accountable for what they've done.



The tournament shuffle that went with Larry's Roadkill 2010 Plan actually made the calendar a bit more rational. But the WTA made the cardinal error of attempting to expand when entrenching and waiting for better days, or even downsizing, were in order. Now it's buried in debt.

i totally agree, it will be a funny time when the bottom falls out of womens tennis. all these signed deals with the middle east where tournaments are held infront of 2 men and a dog are just going to kill the wta. when the sponsors inevitabley think 'WTF are we doing' and dissapear tennis will be left with tournaments that cant survive on gate and t.v revenue, and the good old tournaments (san diego, AI, zurich ect) are gone when they could run successfully on a smaller but more stable scale.

the world is going through a recession so the WTA opt to ditch long standing well attended tournaments for money pits in the middle east. am i the only one that think this logic is totally flawed. if doha, dubai, china ect decide they aren't going to pump anymore money into tennis where does that leave the WTA? if companies aren't shelling out the money to sponsor tournaments, then the tournament needs bums on seats and tv viewers. the WTA have sold out and may very well have set the WTA back several years if things turn out for the worst.

when or if it does fall through, all in the WTA will be panning the shit off onto each other, with larry scott putting his feet up counting his millions. god help the tour when sony erricson say goodbye.

Ryan
Jul 15th, 2009, 12:50 PM
Why aren't any of you financial planners, consultants, or have a career in this kind of stuff? Oh right, none of us have the education or experience to do it. Next. :yawn:

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 02:40 PM
Why aren't any of you financial planners, consultants, or have a career in this kind of stuff? Oh right, none of us have the education or experience to do it. Next. :yawn:

Spot on!

Corswandt
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:14 PM
Why aren't any of you financial planners, consultants, or have a career in this kind of stuff? Oh right, none of us have the education or experience to do it. Next. :yawn:

Speak for yourself. Judging by your posts in GM, it seems indeed likely that you don't have the education or the experience required even to flip burgers. But do you know everybody else in here?

sammy01
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Why aren't any of you financial planners, consultants, or have a career in this kind of stuff? Oh right, none of us have the education or experience to do it. Next. :yawn:

some of us successfully run our own business :p;)! its not hard to see flaws in what the WTA have done, its rather obvious that the people running the wta are intrested in money not growing the sport, whereas the latter will eventually lead to making money.

Ryan
Jul 16th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Speak for yourself. Judging by your posts in GM, it seems indeed likely that you don't have the education or the experience required even to flip burgers. But do you know everybody else in here?



So we should expect you to throw your name into the running for something like this? :)

ZODIAC
Jul 16th, 2009, 01:42 AM
so Wozniak will get favourable draws,wait a minute she is polish bwahahahaha!