Winston-Salem Open and Wake Forest Administrator Resigns to Launch New Endeavor

January 17, 2020 08:00 AM

Bill Oakes, who served as the Winston-Salem Open Tournament Director and as a Senior Associate Athletic Director, has resigned his posts to launch a new endeavor.

“I am incredibly grateful to Ron Wellman and Don Flow for the opportunity to serve Wake Forest and the Winston-Salem community over the past nine years”, said Bill Oakes.  “Building the Winston-Salem Open from the ground up in 2011 to winning the 2016 Tournament of the Year has been extremely satisfying.  Our work together has created one of the best collegiate tennis facilities in the country and I leave them in great hands as I take on my next challenge.”

Oakes was responsible for all aspects of the Winston-Salem Open, which is an ATP Tour 250 event held over the last nine years each August at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. The tournament has featured many of the top players in the world and was named the 2016 ATP Tour 250 Tournament of the Year.  He has also served as the Chairman of the ATP Tour 250 Executive Committee since 2017.  Additionally, his leadership helped bring about the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic from concept to its current Gears and Guitars weekend festival format and attract the 2018 NCAA Tennis Championships to Wake Forest.  

"Bill did an outstanding job helping establish and grow the Winston-Salem Open into a premier tournament on the ATP,” said Don Flow, Chair of the Winston-Salem Open’s Board of Directors. “We are grateful for his leadership and his dedication, and we want to wish him the very best in his next endeavor."

Oakes managed a number of different areas and projects for Wake Forest Athletics and at various times served as the sport administrator for Wake Forest's women's volleyball, women's tennis, men's soccer, and women's golf programs.

“I would like to thank Bill for his dedication and efforts during his time at Wake Forest,” Athletic Director John Currie said. “He worked every day to positively impact the Winston-Salem community and Wake Forest Athletics, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Oakes’s resignation is effective as of February 27, 2020.