Jessica Pegula has shared her desire to run an entire tennis event after she retires.
Pegula is enjoying a strong start to the 2023 season and has won 18 wins on the WTA Tour during this year's campaign. The world number three has also progressed to the quarter-final at the Miami Open and will face Anastasia Potapova, who Pegula beat in three sets at Indian Wells earlier in March.
Ahead of her last-eight clash against Potapova, Pegula expressed her desire to one day run a complete tennis event after she retires, especially in her hometown of Buffalo.
"I would love to have one there [in Buffalo], I don’t know where because Buffalo isn’t really a tennis haven. But maybe one day. I think that’s always been something I’ve thought about, even after my career, is having a tournament. I think that would be really fun. I don’t think my parents are really up for it, but maybe one day I will have one or try to get something going there.”
The links between Pegula and the business side of sport are not unfamiliar. Pegula's parents are owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
However, despite her strong links with Buffalo, Pegula also said running an event in Toronto would also be a goal post-retirement.
“I think it would be really fun also making the connection with Toronto, Montreal, obviously Toronto being right there, I know we alternate with the men, but it’s so close. I don’t think people realize how close it is. It’s like an hour-and-a-half drive. Yeah, that would be cool because I had a lot of fans in Toronto that were either people from Buffalo or associated with Buffalo just because of the proximity. So maybe one day.”