Allaster Honored On Home Soil In Toronto
Published August 14, 2011 12:00
TORONTO, Canada - The WTA's Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster, was honored at a very special ceremony at the Rexall Centre on Saturday night, getting inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall Of Fame alongside Andre Agassi.
Allaster was Tournament Director of the Rogers Cup in Toronto from 2002 through 2005 after having worked her way up from a coordinator's position at the Ontario Tennis Association to Vice President at Tennis Canada. Under her leadership, revenue and attendance increased, Rogers Communications was secured as the title sponsor and the Rexall Centre was constructed. Allaster continues to make a global impact on the women's game with the WTA.
"It is such an honor to be recognized alongside tennis legends Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors," Allaster said. "It is a great pleasure to have been a part of the evolution of the Rogers Cup tournament into one of the premier global sporting events, along with these greats and the hundreds of male and female tennis stars over the years. I have been looking forward to coming home to Canada to celebrate this milestone with my tennis family and friends."
Agassi played the Rogers Cup 14 times, winning it three times (1992, 1994, 1995). His last appearance was 2005, finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
"Stacey and Andre both helped grow this event into the top tier tournament that it is today," commented Karl Hale, the current Tournament Director of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. "Andre's commitment to Rogers Cup brought fans out in droves, raising the profile of the event both nationally and internationally. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Stacey was the driving force for years, pushing the tournament forward in terms of status, revenue, player participation and fan appeal, turning it into the elite property it is now."
Connors, who reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in six of his eight appearances at the event, was honored on Monday over in Montréal.
"The name Jimmy Connors leaves no tennis fan indifferent," declared Eugène Lapierre, Tournament Director in Montréal. "A warrior on the court, he earned great wins in Montréal and Toronto. It was only a matter of time before he was honored here. We are very proud he chose to take part here for so many years."