Board of Directors

Jon Vegosen, Immediate Past President

Jon Vegosen, Immediate Past President
Jon Vegosen is currently serving his eighth year on the USTA Board of Directors. He completed his term as Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA in 2012, having previously served as First Vice President, 2009-10, and as a Director at Large, 2007-08.
 
In the current term, Vegosen serves as chair of the Major Construction Oversight and the Past President committees, and as a member of the International Committee. In 2013, he was re-elected to a second term on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Board and has served on, or as Chair of, several ITF Committees and as an ITF Vice President. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of USTA Serves and the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF). Vegosen is a Director for Life of JCYS, a not-for-profit Chicago social service agency, and was its 2013 "Man of the Year."
 
As USTA President, Vegosen’s vision was to promote and develop the growth of people through tennis. Showcasing tennis as the "Sport of Opportunity," he sought to increase access to tennis for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance. During his presidency, the USTA carried out the largest youth tennis initiative—10 and Under Tennis—in its history to encourage more youngsters to take up the game. The initiative "kid sized" tennis with smaller courts, shorter racquets and slower-moving balls and implemented a historic rule change to promote USTA-sanctioned 10-and-under tournaments using such equipment.
 
Vegosen also oversaw two of the most successful US Opens in history and the unveiling of a strategic vision conceived by his predecessor to refurbish the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to allow for growth for years to come.
 
A forceful advocate for tennis, Vegosen has spoken and written on behalf of the USTA concerning dropped varsity college tennis programs. He also served on the NCAA/USOC Joint Task Force created to stem the tide of dropped Olympic sports at the collegiate level. Vegosen was honored as the 2002 Chicago District Tennis Association Volunteer of the Year. In 2003, he received the Stanley Malless Award from the USTA Midwest Section in recognition of his distinguished service to the CDTA. Vegosen has been inducted into the following Halls of Fame: USTA Midwest Section, Northwestern University and Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. He is being inducted into the Chicago Tennis Hall of Fame and is receiving the ITHF Samuel Hardy Award in 2014.
 
Vegosen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in political science from Northwestern, where he was the captain of the tennis team his junior and senior years and selected All-Big Ten in 1973. He attended Northwestern University School of Law, graduating cum laude. After serving a clerkship for a federal judge and working at a corporate firm, Vegosen and three other attorneys formed a law firm in 1981 now known as Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman and Dunn Ltd.
 
Vegosen and his wife, Shari, reside in Chicago. They have two sons, and all members of the family play tennis. The Vegosen family was honored as the USTA Ralph W. Westcott Family of the Year in 2004. Vegosen is a member of the USTA Midwest Section.
 

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