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November 16, 2019

The Nominating Committee of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) invites you to submit an application for the USTA Board of Directors and/or Nominating Committee. The term of service is two years and begins on January 1, 2021. These are volunteer positions.


General Instructions for Candidates 

The deadline to apply for the 2021-22 term is midnight EST on Feb. 1, 2020. Applications are available now online. All applications will be submitted electronically.




There are two applications. One for Elite Athletes* ONLY; and one for non-Elite Athletes.


Click here to access the standard application.


Click here to access the Elite Athlete application.


Letters of recommendation and/or resumes are not required nor will they be accepted.


*According to USTA Bylaws, there must be at least three Elite Athletes on the Board of Directors and on the Nominating Committee. ADVERTISEMENT An Elite Athlete is defined as a U.S. citizen who meets any one of the following 3 requirements: 1) Within the last 10 years has been a member of the U.S. Olympic, U.S. Pan American, U.S. Paralympic, U.S. Para Pan American, U.S. Davis Cup, U.S. Fed Cup, or U.S. World Cup teams; 2) Within the last 24 months has reached the second round of an open draw of the US Open or the World Championships for Wheelchair Tennis; or 3) Within the last 10 years was ranked in the top 50 of the USTA Professional Singles or Doubles Rankings. 


Application Review and Interviews


All applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee. This is a competitive process. Typically, more than 100 applications are received. Following a review of applications, the Nominating Committee will extend interview invitations to a select group of candidates. The majority of interviews for Nominating Committee candidates will take place at the 2020 USTA Annual Meeting in Orlando in March. Interviews for Board of Directors candidates will take place at the 2020 USTA Semiannual Meeting in New York in September.


Candidates selected for March 2020 interviews will be notified by email in mid-February 2020. Candidates selected for September 2020 interviews will be notified by email no later than the end of April 2020.


Notification Date


Applicants selected for the 2021-22 slate for the USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will be notified as soon as possible after the conclusion of the 2020 US Open. All candidates who are interviewed will receive a phone call notification. The proposed slate will be forwarded to the USTA-Secretary in accordance with USTA Bylaws.


Characteristics of Successful Candidates


Nominating Committee decisions are based on many factors. The Nominating Committee will be looking for members of the Board of Directors and members of the Nominating Committee who can shape the future of the USTA.


The Board of Directors selection process is designed to create a team that possesses the full complement of skills necessary to fulfill the mission, strategic priorities and goals of the USTA.


The responsibilities of the USTA Board of Directors include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Shaping the future of the USTA with long-term strategic thinking.
  • Assessing the performance of the chief executive officer/executive director. 
  • Creating a set of long-term financial goals.
  • Establishing explicit governing policies.
  • Serving as a link between USTA staff and volunteers.


The responsibilities of the Nominating Committee include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Developing and creating the application and application process.
  • Reviewing all candidate applications and selecting candidates to invite for interviews.
  • Interviewing candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.
  • Compiling and submitting the slate for the USTA Board of Directors and the succeeding Nominating Committee in compliance with USTA Bylaws.


Historically, successful candidates selected to the Board of Directors or Nominating Committee have possessed some, if not most, of the following skills and experience:


  • Previous nonprofit board experience.
  • Extensive business, professional, academic or tennis-related experience.
  • Significant background with their sectional organization in leadership positions.
  • Appointments to USTA committees or other national leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated success as a person who has actively grown the game of tennis.
  • The ability to both lead and contribute as a member of a team.
  • The time commitment to participate fully in the demands of this position.
  • A "big picture" view of the needs of the organization and the future of tennis.


Please note that this is not intended to be an exhaustive list. The Nominating Committee will weigh these and other factors in order to best match candidates' strengths with the particular needs of the USTA.


Time Commitment for Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Members


Serving as a USTA board member requires a significant time commitment. This is typically between 40-55 days per year, with officers investing even more time. The time required to serve on the Nominating Committee includes the length of the Annual Meeting and Semiannual Meeting each year, plus additional time between those meetings to attend to committee business and specific subcommittee assignments.


It should be noted that the second year of the Nominating Committee term requires a significantly greater amount of time (roughly 10 days at the New York meeting, 2020) to thoroughly assess application submissions and conduct interviews. Nominating Committee responsibilities culminate with the notification of all candidates at the completion of the US Open.


Verification of Application Data


Although the Nominating Committee does not accept letters of recommendation, it may potentially seek feedback from people familiar with an applicant's performance in the roles listed on the application.




If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:


Christian Sockel, Nominating Committee Chair

Angela Emery, Nominating Committee Scheduler


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