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Kantarian instrumental in leading tennis to mainstream culture

Arlen Kantarian, unquestionably one the most relentless tennis visionaries of recent times, announced Thursday he will step down as the USTA's CEO at year's end. But what does this mean for the sport, notably the U.S. Open, moving forward?

Originally Published: October 30, 2008
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

Sports governing bodies in the so-called Olympic world are weird, hybrid organizations, and on paper, the sprawling U.S. Tennis Association is one of the oddest. Charged with running everything from the humblest of grassroots programs to the most prestigious professional tournaments, the USTA at times seems like a giant chameleon that is trying to be many things to many people, with no distinct identity.

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