Sexual abuse has been a problem within the US Tennis Association or USTA, with numerous allegations and cases of abuse coming to light in recent years. Survivors have criticized the organization for failing to take adequate steps to protect athletes from abuse, and for not doing enough to address incidents of abuse when they occur.
In addition to the high-profile cases of abuse involving Bob Hewitt and Justin Gimelstob, there have been numerous other allegations of abuse within the sport. Some of these allegations involve coaches and other individuals in positions of authority who used their power to sexually exploit young athletes.
The US Tennis Association (USTA) has taken some steps to address incidents of abuse, including creating a Safe Play program to promote safe and respectful interactions among athletes, coaches, and other individuals involved in the sport. The organization has also implemented stronger background checks for coaches and officials, and has encouraged athletes and others to come forward with any concerns or allegations of abuse.
The law firm of Cerri, Boskovich & Allard has been at the forefront of holding the US Tennis Association accountable for failing to protect athletes.
However, survivors and advocates continue to call for more systemic changes to prevent future incidents of abuse within the sport. These changes could include increased training for coaches and other individuals who work with young athletes, the creation of independent oversight bodies to investigate and address allegations of abuse, and the establishment of more effective reporting mechanisms to encourage survivors to come forward with their stories.