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USTA Eliminates 110 Jobs and Shrinks Player Development to Cut Costs in Wake of Pandemic

Coronavirus, and the economic fallout that has come as a result, continues to affect the lives of hard-working tennis people.

Tennis Express

The USTA made drastic cuts on Monday, eliminating 110 jobs and closing its White Plains, New York office.

Player Development, Facilities, and USTA-U have been merged into community relations.

According to ESPN’s Peter Bodo some employees who were 50 years or older and who had put in 15 years or more for the USTA were offered 40 weeks of severance pay if they elected to choose a “voluntary departure.”

The 110 jobs amount to approximately 20 percent of the workforce.

According to Bodo, the USTA's redevelopment plan has been in the works since 2018, but was sped up after the pandemic hit.


The organization's commitment to a $20 million relief package to help grassroots and tennis facility operators, along with anticipated losses from a COVID-compromised US Open, fueled the urgency of the shake-up.


"We have an opportunity to reimagine the structure of the organization to better serve the tennis community in the United States," Michael Dowse, USTA chief executive officer and executive director, said in a statement. "This new structure allows the USTA to be more agile and more cost effective."

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