US Open Tennis Tournament: Behind the IT Curtain

While Serena Williams stretches her hamstrings, the network at the US Tennis Association (USTA) stretches its bandwidth. The US Open, one of the biggest tennis competitions of the year — and two of the busiest weeks in USTA CIO Larry Bonfante’s year — begins today.

Bonfante graciously let me visit him courtside at the USTA campus in Queens (the best of New York City’s five boroughs, because I live there) to give us the inside scoop on the IT powering this enormous event. Here’s what he had to say:

After the tennis stars are awarded their trophies Sept. 9, the USTA’s IT team really ought to be given its own trophies. These professionals can’t rest on their laurels, though, because the entire USTA campus is about to undergo major renovations. New state-of-the-art stadiums will be erected. Bonfante told me that when we visit again in five years, we won’t even recognize the place.

What do you think of the technology running this event? Would you want Bonfante’s job? Or would you prefer something in which you don’t run the risk of angering some of the strongest, fittest athletes on the planet? Speaking of athletes, which competitor do you think will emerge victorious in this year’s US Open? Let us know in the comments below.

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