By Vishal Gajaria
Great Britain’s Chris Kermode took over as the men’s tennis governing council Association of Tennis Professionals’ (ATP) head, after being given the position of the President and executive chairman.
“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, 48, who was unanimously appointed by the ATP board.
“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.”
Kermode’s appointment to the board was highly praised by 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and reigning Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray.
“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,” quoted Federer.
“I’ve known and worked with Chris for many years and he gets on well with the players,” Murray stated. “He’s done a great job with Queen’s and the World Tour Finals and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Kermode will kick-off his three-year duty from January 1, 2014, as the successor of Australian Brad Drewett, who went away to meet his maker, earlier this year.