Chris Kermode will take over as the head of the men’s tennis tour next year after overseeing the season-ending ATP event in London since 2008.
The retired British player and former tournament director of the grass-court Queen’s Club event will get a three-year contract as president and executive chairman of the men’s tour. The ATP World Tour Finals has brought in more than 1.28 million fans to The O2 arena in London in the past five years.
“It’s a huge honor 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 in the ATP statement.
Kermode, 48, was a unanimous choice by the ATP Board of Directors. He worked as a tennis professional and then as a coach. He also held positions in the film and music industries, including starting his own promotion and events company, before returning to tennis.
The 48-year-old replaces Brad Drewett, a 54-year-old Australian who left the ATP in January before succumbing to motor neurone disease in May.