Don’t make the wrong choice again!

I am watching the tennis US Open tournament, the last grand slam of the year. I am a big tennis fan and I watch as much as I can on TV despite the time difference between Greece and the United States. So during a usual these days “rain delay” I thought about why the tournament uses as it’s official website and not Well there is a reason for that. Someone made the wrong choice.

It is the 13th of July 1995 and the United States Tennis Association decides to build a website and buys the domain Guess what happens 3 months later? The United States Golf Association buys the available for anyone to register to host it’s US Open golf tournament. The United States Tennis Association could have registered both domains in July and .net as well but it chose not to.

At the same date that the United States Golf Association registered the domain, it also registered it’s acronym Guess what? They didn’t register at that time but luckily for them it was still available 15 months later so they got it then.

The irony with the United States Tennis Association is that they should have known better even in 1995 and should have registered On February 1995, the United States Tennis Association bought their acronym They bought the .com because the .org was taken! It was taken by the US Telecom Association which in turn made a mistake and didn’t register in 1994, the year it bought

I guess this story goes on and on and continues until now. So if you don’t want other websites to feel sorry for you, then when you are starting a project, company, organization or simply your blog just register all the available domain names that are suitable for you. Don’t stall. If you are between 2 domains just register both. You will not regret spending that extra $10.

Why “feel sorry” you may ask? Take a look at the top of the screenshot below. redirects visitors looking for tennis at

About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the blog in 2012.

One comment

  1. Wow that’s fascinating. I guess they saw .org as a more respectable/relevant buy than the .com. So that was about 15 years ago… I wonder, in 2027, will people look back at the opportunities we domainers have today and think something similar? Maybe our kids will tell us “Wow! You lived in the days when you could get an for under $10,000? That’s amazing! Why didn’t you buy them all?” haha

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