Sep 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view as a large American flag is unfurled over the court during the playing of "America the Beautiful" before the match between Serena Williams (USA) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in the women

Chris Kermode named new ATP chairman and president

The ATP has found a new executive chairman and president, his name is Chris Kermode. According to an article by the Associated Press, found on ESPN,

The men’s tennis tour announced Wednesday that Kermode will begin a three-year term on Jan. 1.

A former player and coach, he has been the managing director of the ATP World Tour Finals and tournament director of the Queen’s Club tournament.

Kermode succeeds Brad Drewett, who died in May at age 54 after a little more than a year as the head of the ATP. He had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Kermode calls the sport’s current era “unquestionably one of the most exciting periods in the history of men’s professional tennis.”

Kermode is exactly correct with his statement. This very well could prove to be the most exciting era of tennis in history. Never have we seen such power and dominance on both sides of the game, men’s and women’s.

We’ve seen plenty of exciting thrillers, and phenomenal players. But as we look ahead to the future, we can already see some rising stars who can take their talents to the next level in just a few short seasons.

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Tags: Tennis