WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (OCT. 31, 2022) – The Winston-Salem Open is pleased to announce the addition of C.R. Alex Rucker, a veteran of the tennis community, to the executive leadership team as the vice president of tournament administration and finance.
“We could not be more excited for Alex to take on this new role with the tournament. Since the tournament’s beginnings in 2011, Alex has been a leader in the community, among our volunteers and on our board of directors,” says Tournament Director Jeff Ryan.
Rucker joins Ryan as senior leadership and will oversee the tournament’s financial health as well as provide support in several key managerial areas.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with Jeff and his team toward furthering the success of this world-class event. Jeff brought 35 years of experience when he arrived in 2019, and I know working together, we can ensure this tournament continues to be an asset to our community,” Rucker said.
Rucker brings decades of tennis experience to the award-winning international tournament as a Division I player at Florida State University, a former tournament director of North Carolina’s Junior Tar Heel Qualifier, a past-president of USTA North Carolina, and a past-president of the North Carolina Tennis Foundation. He currently serves in several additional volunteer positions, including those on the boards of the Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina and Winston-Salem Tennis, Inc.
“Alex is the kind of guy who leads by example,” Ryan continued. “You can always find him working hard during the tournament volunteering on our operations team. He isn’t content to sit around and let others pick up the slack. We are fortunate to add that attitude in an executive capacity.”
Through the last two decades of the twentieth century, Rucker also volunteered within the community as it hosted the Flow Motors Invitational, a kind of pre-cursor to the Winston-Salem Open. That tournament hosted several future stars and Grand Slam champions, including Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang.
In 2001, 2007 and 2008 Rucker served alongside business and community leaders as Winston-Salem hosted three Davis Cup ties – a series of matches where American men faced off against competitors from another country.
Rucker currently serves on the Winston-Salem Professional Tennis Board of Directors, as an associate of the Taylor Development Group and as a manager at Taylor Indoor Tennis Center in Clemmons, N.C. He will maintain these roles and responsibilities in conjunction with his new position at the Winston-Salem Open.