UCFB students served up unforgettable US Open experience
Two UCFB students had the unique opportunity to experience the inner workings of a major sporting event when they joined UCFB academic Deepak Trivedi for the US Open in New York.
Conor Slater and William Lindsey, both BA (Hons) Football Business & Media students at UCFB Wembley, spent five days at the fourth and final tennis grand slam of the year with experiences ranging from sitting in on meetings of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to watching the likes of Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
While in New York, the pair made a film documenting their time at the event, capturing footage in downtown Manhattan as well as grabbing interviews with high ranking officials from the world of American sport including Pat Harris, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the USTA and Global Chief Diversity Officer at McDonalds.
The chance to head to the United States came about thanks to Deepak and the work he undertakes with the USTA. It’s the second year in a row that Deepak has given students the opportunity to fly out to the US and see how the tournament operates behind the scenes.
Conor and William were thrown straight into the deep end when they landed in New York and attended meetings on diversity and inclusion, social media and marketing and the annual USTA conference. The pair also attended the USTA Annual Awards ceremony to undertake further networking opportunities.
Speaking following the trip, Conor said: “Seeing an organisation as prestigious and powerful as the USTA in full flow was a great experience and I’ve learned a lot from so many powerful, humble, welcoming and inspiring men and women. This experience has ingrained a mentality in me that I’ll carry throughout my time at UCFB and into my working life.”
William added: “The US Open was a truly eye opening experience for me. It enabled us to see the industry from a whole different perspective, seeing the day to day efforts that go into running a successful world sporting event. Throughout the five days we were lucky enough to meet high end industry professionals, providing an insight into how hard working and dedicated you must be to work in the sport industry.”
Deepak added: “’The students did an amazing job and they embraced the experience. They both shone and were able to network with some influential individuals. This really has helped them to understand the industry and witness first-hand how decisions are made. It will be an experience they will definitely remember!”