Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Players hail new ATP chief

21 November 2013, 11:02

London - Britain's Chris Kermode took over as the head of international men's tennis on Wednesday after being appointed executive chairman and president of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals).

Kermode, 48, is the man behind the ATP World Tour Finals, which have taken place in London for the past five years, and the tournament director of the Queen's Club Championships. He was the unanimous choice of the ATP board.

"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."

Kermode's appointment was acclaimed by both reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and 17-time Grand Slam-winner Roger Federer.

"I've known and worked with Chris for many years and he gets on well with the players," said Murray, who is also the current Queen's champion.

"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."

Federer, the current president of the ATP Player Council, said: "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."

Kermode will begin a three-year term on January 1 and succeeds Australian Brad Drewett, who died from motor neurone disease in May after stepping down from his role the previous January.

It had been vacant since then.

Keromde had a brief playing career, reaching a high of 742 in the world ranking in 1986, before becoming a coach. He went on to work in the film and music industries and also started his own promotion and events company before returning to tennis.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...