Andrea Gaudenzi’s appointment as ATP chairman welcomed by Novak Djokovic and co
Andrea Gaudenzi has been appointed new ATP chairman, and ATP Player Council President Novak Djokovic believes “he has all the qualities to lead the Tour”.
The Italian will replace Chris Kermode on January 1 2020 after it was confirmed in March that the Brit’s tenure as executive chairman and CEO would come to an end later this year as the ATP Board voted against extending his contract.
Former professional player Gaudenzi, who reached a career-high of 18 in the world rankings, will take over with his four-year tenure as chairman running until the end of 2023.
The six-man ATP Board voted unanimously in favour of Gaudenzi as chairman, but the ATP is yet to confirm if a new CEO will be appointment.
“The ATP has played a central part in my life in so many ways, and to be given this opportunity to serve as ATP Chairman is a true honour,” Gaudenzi said.
“I look forward to overseeing the future direction of the Tour and building on the sport’s global success and popularity at what is unquestionably one of the most exciting times in the history of men’s professional tennis. I’m very thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started in January.”
World No 1 Djokovic and head of the ATP Player Council welcomed the appointment.
“On behalf of the players, I’d like to welcome Andrea as the next Chairman of the ATP,” he said.
“As a former player, he has walked in our shoes, and has also become a successful entrepreneur following his playing career. He has all the qualities to lead the Tour and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the players and the sport more generally.”
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