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Ross Hutchins Appointed Aegon Championships Tournament Director





British tennis player Ross Hutchins has been appointed the new Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships, the annual grass court tournament at The Queen’s Club in London.

Hutchins, who returned to the court this year with partner Colin Fleming after recovering from Hodgkins Lymphoma last year, joins the tournament’s managing director Stephen Farrow in taking on the responsibilities of Chris Kermode, who recently became the Executive President and Chairman of the ATP. Hutchins will be responsible for tennis decisions and player/ATP relations during the tournament week, advising on tournament strategy throughout the year, and speaking publicly on behalf of the tournament. He will report to Farrow, who has overall responsibility for the event.

Last year at the Aegon Championships, Hutchins led the organisation of Rally Against Cancer - a charity tennis match played on finals day which featured Andy Murray, Ivan Lendl and Tim Henman, as well as London Mayor Boris Johnson, Jonathan Ross and Michael McIntyre - to raise money for the Royal Marsden, the hospital that had treated him. The event set out to raise £100,000, and eventually brought in more than £300,000.

Michael Downey, Chief Executive of the LTA, said: “Ross is a very impressive young man and he is the perfect fit to be the new Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships. He has the respect of his peers, is well known and liked throughout the tennis world, and brings with him current, direct experience of the ATP World Tour. Ross will work closely with the tournament’s outstanding team, led by managing director Stephen Farrow, and I am confident that under their stewardship, the tournament, which was recently voted ATP 250 Tournament of the Year, will go from strength to strength.”

Hutchins said. “I am honored to have been given this opportunity. The AEGON Championships is one of the longest running and best tournaments on the ATP World Tour, and I will do everything I can to make it even better. It has always been a special event for me as a player because it was the first main tour tournament I ever played, but my appreciation for the event grew further last year when I had the chance to work with the fantastic tournament team on the Rally Against Cancer charity match. I was fascinated by how much work went on behind the scenes, and I loved being involved with it. Chris Kermode invited me to join him in meetings, I was able to work alongside Stephen Farrow and the team, and I embraced the opportunity to learn from them. When Chris moved on to head the ATP, I knew that this was a role I wanted. I have the same passion and desire to succeed at this as I have in my tennis career, and I think my experience on the tour will equip me well. I know and understand what matters to players, I’ve spent a lot of time with Tournament Directors, sponsors and the media, and I think I have a good understanding of what makes a great tournament.”

Chris Kermode said: “I worked with Ross on the Rally Against Cancer last year, and with Stephen Farrow and the rest of the tournament team for many years, and the tournament is in safe hands. The way Ross threw himself into organizing the charity match last year at a time when he was going through chemotherapy, was an inspiration. Everyone likes Ross, and his drive, determination, passion and positive attitude will ensure he is a huge success in this role.” 

Aside from not competing in the AEGON Championships, Hutchins will continue his tennis playing-career as normal. 

Ross is currently in Indian Wells playing in the BNP Paribas Open.  

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