Head of British Tennis Roger Draper To Leave in September

Roger Draper will be leaving the Lawn Tennis Association in the U.K. after seven years, the organization said today.

Draper is stepping down at the end of September, the LTA said in an emailed statement.

Draper said it was “the right time for me to hand over the baton to a new leader who can build on what has been achieved in recent years, and take British tennis to new levels.”

David Gregson, chairman of the LTA Board, said Draper “has made a significant contribution to the development of British tennis.”

During his tenure, Draper has often come under criticism from the U.K. media for not producing more top players. Britain’s second-ranked man - after U.S. Open champion Andy Murray - is 209th-ranked James Ward.

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