The ATP has announced
the appointment of Chris Kermode as ATP Executive
Chairman & President. Kermode begins a three-year term
at the helm of the ATP starting on 1 January 2014, and
will be based in the ATP’s London office.
Kermode has been involved in tennis for more than 30
years, first as a player, and then most recently serving
as Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships at
Queen’s Club, as well as Managing Director of the
season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Regarded
as the ATP’s crown jewel, the tournament has welcomed
more than 1.28m fans to The O2 arena in London over the
past five years.
"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."
Kermode’s wealth of knowledge of all facets of men's
professional tennis, as well as his vast experience
working with all of the sport's key stakeholders, made
him a unanimous choice by the ATP Board of Directors.
The appointment brings to a close a thorough search
process undertaken by the ATP Board, with the assistance
of executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.
Roger Federer, President of the ATP Player Council,
said, "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."
champion Andy Murray said, "I've known and worked with
Chris for many years and he gets on well with the
players. 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.”
Mark Webster, ATP Board
Tournament Representative, said, "Chris's experience in
the sports and entertainment industry, his business
acumen and his established relationships in tennis make
him the perfect candidate to lead the ATP. He has a
proven track record in the game and we look forward to
him bringing his many attributes to the table in his new
role as ATP Executive Chairman & President."
Justin Gimelstob, ATP Board Player Representative, said,
"We are excited to welcome Chris as our new Executive
Chairman and President. As a Board, our focus was on
finding the best possible candidate who has an in-depth
understanding of the intricacies of our sport and who
can build on the successes achieved in recent years. We
have full confidence that in Chris, we have found a
person who can lead our organisation and continue the
growth of the ATP World Tour."
career as a professional player, Kermode worked as one
of London’s top tennis coaches. He went on to work in
both the film and music industries, starting his own
promotion & events company, before returning to tennis.
Kermode has served as Managing Director of the Barclays
ATP World Tour Finals since 2008.