Pennsylvania Resident Becomes Second Woman to Hold USTA’s Top Post
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The USTA announced that Jane Brown Grimes officially begins her two-year term as USTA Chairwoman of the Board and President this week and will serve in this capacity through 2008. She becomes the second female Chair in the USTA’s 126-year history. Brown Grimes, has served on the USTA Board for six years, most recently as USTA First Vice President.
“This will be an exciting and challenging two years, and I look forward to growing tennis here in the United States,” said Brown Grimes. “One of my top goals will be to provide children more access to tennis by strengthening school programs from elementary school curriculum to no-cut high school teams.”
Having previously served in the positions of Secretary-Treasurer and Director at Large of the USTA Board, Brown Grimes will now chair the USTA Compensation Committee and will continue to be a member of the board of the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation. Her other tennis responsibilities include serving on the ITF Fed Cup Committee and the Grand Slam Committee.
Brown Grimes, who has spent more than 25 years in the world of tennis, became Executive Director of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981 and later served as its President and CEO, during which time she oversaw a major restoration of the Hall of Fame’s historic buildings and grounds in Newport, R.I. She continues her relationship with the Hall of Fame as its President Emeritus. In addition, she also was the Tournament Director of both ATP and WTA Tour events in Newport.
For a period of five years, Brown Grimes was Managing Director of the Women’s Tennis Council and presided over an unprecedented period of growth in women’s professional tennis. In 1991, she was presented with the David Gray Special Service Award for outstanding contributions to the WTA Tour. Previous recipients of the award include Billie Jean King and Chris Evert. Brown Grimes serves as Director of the Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association, an inner-city grassroots program located in Wilmington, Del.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Brown Grimes is married to Charles Grimes and resides in Chadds Ford, Pa. She has three children. Brown Grimes is a member of the USTA Middle States Section.