Andrea Gaudenzi named new ATP Chairman from 2020

andrewhendrie in Uncategorized 25 Oct 2019
Former Italian professional tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi has been appointed as the new Chairman of the ATP from 2020.
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Gaudenzi, who won three ATP titles and hit a career-high ranking of No. 18 before retiring in 2003, replaces Chris Kermode as Chairman on January 1, 2020.

“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,” said Gaudenzi. 

“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.”

The 46-year-old graduated from the University of Bologna with a law degree after hanging up the racquet and later obtained his Masters in business administration at the University of Monaco, graduating with honours.

Gaudenzi has since worked in various sectors across sport, marketing, entertainment and media and was a member on the Board of ATP Media.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was also full of praise for Gaudenzi after he was announced as the new Chairman.

“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.”

Kermode’s contract was not renewed at Indian Wells in March earlier this year, with Djokovic reportedly at the forefront of a controversial movement to overthrow him.
Gaudenzi will begin his tenure as ATP Chairman on January 1, 2020.