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Kermode takes over as ATP president

ESPN staff
November 20, 2013
Roger Federer approved of Kermode's appointment, saying he "has all the attributes required to lead the ATP forward" © AP

Andy Murray and Roger Federer were among the first to endorse the appointment of former Queen's Club and ATP World Tour Finals tournament director Chris Kermode as the new executive chairman and president of the ATP.

Kermode, who has been involved in tennis for 30 years both as a player, coach and administrator, starts his three-year term at the helm of men's tennis on January 1.

"It's a huge honour 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."

Following his career as a professional, Kermode worked as one of London's top tennis coaches. After a spell working in film and music PR he returned to tennis and was installed as managing director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when they moved to London in 2008.

The 48-year-old succeeds Australian Brad Drewett, who died after a battle with motor neurone disease in May at the age of 54.

Kermode's appointment - unanimously approved by the ATP board - raises fresh questions of the LTA, who overlooked the Briton in their own search for a new chief executive. That job went to Tennis Canada chief Michael Downey, while Kermode was not even interviewed for the role.

Wimbledon and Aegon Championships champion Andy Murray said he was pleased with the ATP's decision.

"I've known and worked with Chris for many years and he gets on well with the players," Murray said. "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."

Murray's sentiments were echoed by Roger Federer, the 17-time grand slam champion and president of the ATP player council.

"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."

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