Jon Vegosen began serving as Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA in January 2011. This is his sixth year as a member of the Board of Directors; he has previously served as First Vice President, 2009-10, and as a Director at Large, 2007-08. As Chairman of the Board and President, Vegosen is the Chairman of the US Open. He is also Chairman of the Compensation Committee and serves on the Major Construction Oversight Committee and the International Committee.
Vegosen is a member of the board of directors and a vice president of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and he serves and represents the USTA as a voting member of the Grand Slam Committee. He also chairs the ITF Joint Media Commission and is a member of the ITF Finance Committee. Vegosen serves as Board Liaison to the ITF, the ATP World Tour, the WTA and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
In addition, Vegosen serves as a member of the board of directors of USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the USTA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He is also Director for Life of JCYS, a not-for-profit social service agency based in Chicago.
Previously, Vegosen served on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Master Plan Study Group, and as the Board Liaison to the Player Development Council, the Creative Opportunities Task Force, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Advocacy Committee, as well as to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Also, during the 2007-08 term, he was a member of the Budget Committee.
Vegosen has held a number of past positions in tennis. He was the chair of the USTA Collegiate Committee, as well as the Vice President and a board member of both the USTA Midwest Section and the USTA Midwest Youth Tennis and Education Foundation. Vegosen is a Past President of the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA), where he was the chairman of the Nominating and Junior Development committees and authored the "Parent Guide for Competitive Junior Tennis." He also served on the board of directors of the Chicago Tennis Patrons, the charitable arm of the CDTA.
Vegosen was born and raised at the New Jersey shore. His parents, neither of whom went to college, emphasized the importance of obtaining an excellent education. Vegosen attended the Peddie School in New Jersey, where he was President of the student body his senior year. Thereafter, he received an English Speaking Union scholarship and studied in the United Kingdom for a year before beginning his freshman year at Northwestern University.
The captain of the tennis team at Northwestern his junior and senior years, Vegosen was selected All-Big Ten in 1973. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in political science, he attended the Northwestern University School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude. While working his way through law school, Vegosen taught tennis for three years at McClurg Court Sports Center in Chicago. 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. (FVLD). FVLD has a wide range of clients, including publicly held companies, owner-managed businesses, media companies, wealthy families and individuals, and celebrities.
Vegosen volunteered for five years on the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee. He has been a member of the CEO-mentoring organization Vistage since early 2002, becoming a Vistage Speaker in 2004. Vegosen continues to practice law while serving as the 50th Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA.
A forceful advocate for the sport of 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 CDTA Volunteer of the Year and, in 2003, received the Stanley Malless Award from the USTA Midwest Section in recognition of his distinguished service to the CDTA. In 1994, he was the top-ranked men’s 45s singles player for the USTA Midwest Section.
Vegosen and his wife, Shari, reside in Chicago. They have two sons, and all members of the family play tennis. The Vegosens’ youngest son, Spencer, was No. 1 in the nation in the USTA boys’ 16s rankings in 2004 and won 11 sportsmanship awards, nine of them national awards, during his junior tennis career. 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.