The ATP has announced the appointment of Andrea Gaudenzi as its new chairman.
The Italian former player was appointed with the unanimous support of the ATP board and will serve a four-year term at the helm of the organisation. He will begin his new role on 1st January 2020.
Gaudenzi reached 18th in the World Rankings, and won three ATP titles in his career as a player. More recently, he was on the board of ATP Media where he led the restructure of the governing body’s broadcast arm. Away from tennis, he has also held leadership roles at entertainment, tech and gaming businesses including Musixmatch and Soldo.
He replaces Chris Kermode as ATP chairman, who announced in March that he would be stepping down from the role. The announcement has been met with surprise - a high-profile hire frorm outside of the sport had been expected.
Gaudenzi said: “The ATP has played a central part in my life in so many ways, and to be given this opportunity to serve as ATP Chairman is a true honour. I look forward to overseeing the future direction of the Tour and building on the sport’s global success and popularity at what is unquestionably one of the most exciting times in the history of men’s professional tennis. I’m very thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started in January.”
Novak Djokovic who is President of the ATP Player Council, added: “On behalf of the players, I’d like to welcome Andrea as the next Chairman of the ATP. As a former player, he has walked in our shoes, and has also become a successful entrepreneur following his playing career. He has all the qualities to lead the Tour and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the players and the sport more generally.”