Wimbledon Hires Rugby League’s Lewis as Chief Executive Officer

Richard Lewis, chairman of England’s Rugby Football League, will become chief executive officer of Wimbledon, the All England Lawn Tennis Club said on its website.

Lewis, a former Davis Cup player for Great Britain, will begin his new post May 1. He replaces Ian Ritchie, who left Wimbledon in December to become the head of the English Rugby Football Union.

“As a former tennis professional, the prospect of helping shape the future of the club and the premier tennis tournament in the world is one to be relished,” Lewis, 57, said.

Lewis joined the RFL in 2002 and took over as chairman in 2009. He worked for the Lawn Tennis Association from 1987-2000 in a number of roles culminating as its director of tennis.

“We had a very strong field of candidates and in Richard Lewis we have the person with the right blend of sporting background and management skill and experience to ensure that the All England Club and The Championships continue to go from strength to strength,” All England Club Chairman Philip Brook said.

Lewis played on the professional tour from 1970-84, reaching his highest world ranking of 68, and was a member of the British Davis Cup team from 1977-83.

After retiring he spent three seasons as a coach and also was the manager of Britain’s tennis team at the 1996 Olympics.

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