London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - The ATP World Tour announced the
appointment of Chris Kermode as its new executive chairman and president.
Kermode will begin a three-year term at the helm of the ATP starting January
The 48-year-old British native has been involved in tennis for more than 30
years, first as a player, and then most recently serving as tournament
director of the Aegon Championships at London's Queen's Club, as well as
managing director of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.
"It's a huge honor to have been given the opportunity to lead the ATP during
what is unquestionably one of the most exciting periods in the history of
men's professional tennis," said Kermode. "I look forward to getting started
in my new role, and to working very hard together with ATP staff, players,
tournaments and partners as we look to harness the full potential of our great
sport in years to come."
Swiss great Roger Federer, who is president of the ATP Player Council, said,
"On behalf of the players, I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new ATP
executive chairman and president. Chris has a lot of experience having worked
in a number of different capacities in tennis over the years and he has all
the attributes required to lead the ATP World Tour forward during this period
of unprecedented popularity and success."
Following his career as a professional player, Kermode worked as one of
London's top tennis coaches. He went on to work in both the film and music
industries, starting his own promotion and events company, before returning to
tennis. Kermode has served as managing director of the ATP World Tour Finals
Kermode replaces Brad Drewett, who died in May after battling Motor Neurone
Disease, which also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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