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Wimbledon chief announces 2020 Championships to be his last

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis has announced that next years championships will be his last after confirming his plans to step down.

Lewis, a former British Davis Cup player, has overseen some real landmark achievements for the All England Club, including a 160% increase in prize money, the acquisition of Wimbledon Park Golf Club, and the modernisation of the venue’s facilities.

He was appointed in 2012 after similar roles within Rugby and with Sport England, but he has opted to bow out in 2020.

“It has been an immense privilege to be Chief Executive of the All England Club and to play a part in the continued evolution of the Club and The Championships, Lewis said in a statement.

“I am extremely proud to have worked with the Committee and a highly talented Executive team, to deliver several significant milestones during my tenure.

“Given the election of a new Chairman in Ian Hewitt, and the development of the next AELTC Master Plan for the full breadth of the Grounds, it is the perfect time for me to step down as Chief Executive and hand over the reins to a new individual to take the Club and The Championships into this next phase of its history, whilst I look forward to spending more time in Yorkshire.

“I look forward to working with Ian, the Committee and my colleagues to plan and deliver The Championships 2020.”

Hewitt reciprocated the sentiment, paying tribute to Lewis for all he has achieved.

“Richard has been a marvelous asset to the AELTC and The Championships,” Hewitt said.

“I am delighted to continue to have the opportunity to work with him on preparations for The Championships 2020 and the broader AELTC Master Plan while we go through the process of appointing a successor.”

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