Queen’s chief Kermode to lead ATP
Originally published on: 21/11/13 00:00
The former player has enjoyed huge success as tournament director of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club and managing director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and was instrumental in bringing the event to London.
Kermode will begin his new role on January 1, 2014, and will be based in the ATP’s London office.
“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,” Kermode said.
“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.”
“I’ve known and worked with Chris for many years and he gets on well with the players,” said Andy Murray. “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.”
Roger Federer, President of the ATP Player Council, welcomed the appointment. "On behalf of the players, I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new ATP Executive Chairman & 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."