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Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One

Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One

Written by Katrina M. Adams

Narrated by Carolyn Smith


Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One

Written by Katrina M. Adams

Narrated by Carolyn Smith

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8 hours
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Released:
Feb 23, 2021
ISBN:
9780063005075
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Audiobook

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From the former President and CEO of the United States Tennis Association—the first black woman and youngest person ever to hold the position—comes a behind-the-scenes look at the leadership skills involved in hosting the U.S. Open, the largest and most lucrative sports event in the world—lessons that can be applied across business and to any life challenge.

One of professional tennis’s Grand Slam Tournaments, the U.S. Open has been described as a fourteen-day Superbowl. This single tennis championship, held annually in New York City, attracts top professionals from around the globe, generates more money than any other sporting event—or any other sport over an entire season—and attracts more than 700,000 attendees and millions of television viewers. 

In Own the Arena, Katrina Adams offers a privileged, singular inside look at this sensational global event, while elaborating on what makes tennis the only sport of a lifetime. She opens with the women’s 2018 championship match between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams that ended in boos. This was Adams’s last year as president and the whole world was watching. How would she respond? How should the press be handled? What needs to be said to Osaka? Serena? What does this break from decorum mean for the Open and the sport?

As Adams shares a wealth of stories from her career and personal life, as well as insights from top tennis professionals, she provides invaluable information on meeting life’s tests both on the tennis court and off. Own the Arena offers fresh perspectives on having presence, being remembered, directing a conversation, and moving boldly in spaces where “you are the only one.” It also covers good sportsmanship—treating others with respect and by being inclusive and open to diverse perspectives. Tennis is said to be 90 percent mental; this book shows how to take the elements of mental fortitude and use them to achieve greatness. By embracing and expressing one’s inner grace and humanity, Adams shows, you can own the arena.

Publisher:
Released:
Feb 23, 2021
ISBN:
9780063005075
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Katrina Adams competed for twelve years on the World Tennis Association tour, winning twenty career doubles titles and reaching the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam Tournaments. She also spearheaded outreach to underserved communities of color and was named the chairman of the Gender Equality in Tennis Committee in 2018. Adweek and Forbes named her one of the “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and she was featured in Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” list. She is also the executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. She lives in White Plains, New York.


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  • (5/5)
    I loved learning about Kat and so glad she read the audiobook. It gives the audiobook just a little extra in my opinion when the author reads their book. Thanks for being such an inspiration back then while you were playing tennis and now while you are shaping the next generation of tennis players!!
  • (5/5)
    It took me a while to get used to the thematic, rather than chronological, structure, but it ended up working for me. Adams had interesting insights stories from both the administrative side of tennis, and the competitive. It's fun to read stories about both amateur and pro tennis. Adams wasn't a superstar on the pro tour, but was successful, and had a long run. Maybe because of that, the book provided a different perspective from most tennis memoirs--more about life on the tour, than an account of matches.