Raising the game:
Definitive book traces USTA history
June 4, 2018
In his book, The United States Tennis Association: Raising the Game, author Warren F. Kimball takes an in-depth look at the rich and storied history of the USTA and how the organization has helped cultivate and organize tennis in the U.S. and grow the sport over the past 135 years.
Kimball traces the USTA’s history from its origins as a group of white men from country clubs throughout the Northeast to its current standing as the largest tennis association in the world; a dynamic and diverse association with women in top leadership positions and an annual revenue of well over $300 million. The story of how tennis is managed by the nation’s largest cadre of volunteers in any sport is one of sports’ best untold stories.
The USTA’s work in building the US Open into one of the most prestigious and best-attended sporting events in the world is a major focus of the text, as is the organization’s key role in establishing tennis’ Open Era in 1968 – when professionals began competing with amateurs in Grand Slams – and expanding the game in the U.S. ADVERTISEMENT during the tennis boom of the 1970s.
Unique among sports governing bodies, the USTA is a mostly volunteer-run organization that, along with a paid professional staff, manages and governs tennis at the local level across the United States and owns and operates several professional events, chief among them, the US Open. The association participates directly in the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and manages U.S. participation in international tennis competitions (Fed Cup and Davis Cup).
With unprecedented access to the private records of the USTA, Kimball tells an engaging and rich history of how tennis has been managed and governed in the U.S. since the inception of the association in 1881.
“Warren Kimball has created as comprehensive a look as you will ever see of the USTA and its innermost workings,” said ESPN commentator and former Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe. “A tremendous accomplishment and great fun for tennis insiders. I loved it”
The United States Tennis Association: Raising the Game is available on Amazon and at a bookseller near you.