W. E. Hester "Slew"

May 12, 1912
February 08, 1993
Place of Birth:
Hazlehurst, Mississippi
United States
United States
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Every USTA President hopes to accomplish something of lasting value during his or her brief tenure as the leader of the American governing body of tennis. The dynamic Slew Hester did just that when he was at the helm in the late 1970s. He spent the bulk of his time as President making certain that the US Open could make a smooth transition from the West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills to the new site at Flushing Meadows in 1978. The new facility was aptly called, “The House that Slew Built.” Hester’s dream became a reality, and the US Open moved successfully into a new era.


  • USTA Officer 1969-74
  • USTA First Vice President 1974-76
  • USTA President 1977-78
  • Moved the US Open to Flushing Meadows at the [Billie Jean King] USTA National Tennis Center