Gordon A. Smith
Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer
Smith was named Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer effective November 1, 2007.
In his new position, Smith will lead the USTA’s effort to accomplish its mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis and oversee the operations of the USTA and the functioning of the USTA’s national office.
Smith will assume the senior staff position at the USTA, upon the retirement of current USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, D. Lee Hamilton.
Smith has long been connected to tennis as both a player and a volunteer. He played competitively as a junior and captained a University of Georgia team that swept four straight Southeastern Conference titles from 1971 through 1975. He was the SEC doubles champion in 1975.
Smith has been an active member of the USTA Southern Section since 1992, most recently serving as its President.
He also has served on the Boards of the USTA Tennis and Education Foundation, Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation and the Georgia Tennis Foundation.
Smith began serving a second consecutive term as Vice President of the USTA in January 2007. He previously served as a Director at Large.
Smith attended the University of Georgia, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and his Juris Doctorate. Following law school, he clerked with the federal judiciary before joining the Atlanta-based international law firm of King and Spalding, where he was a Senior Partner in the 800-lawyer firm.
Smith is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America for many years.