Andrea Gaudenzi Appointed As ATP Chairman
October 24, 2019
The ATP has announced that Andrea Gaudenzi will take over as ATP Chairman for a four-year term on the 1st of January 2020.
He replaces outgoing Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode, who had suffered criticism from a number of notable players in the past 12 months, including Novak Djokovic.
Prior to his business career, Gaudenzi is a former professional player on the ATP Tour, reaching a career-high ranking of number 18 in the world, so he is therefore expected to have a very player-friendly model,
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, 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.”