After many twists and turmoils that have shaken the world of tennis in the last year or so, another one is just around the corner after the ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode has failed to receive the support from the players' representatives on the ATP board on Thursday at Indian Wells.
Kermode started his tenure at the beginning of 2014 when he replaced Brad Drewett and he did his best to improve the ATP Tour and implement the necessary improvements, strengthening the position of the ATP Finals, adding the NextGen Finals to the calendar and working closely with Tennis Australia on the ATP Cup that would kick off in January 2020.
Under Kermode, the ATP has seen increases in prize money, commercial and attendance growth and he was the key person in closing the ATP Premier Partnership with Emirates in 2015. Kermode would leave the job at the end of the season and ATP is yet to announce the name of his successor.
Players like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have given Kermode the support to stay on the position beyond 2019 as they were pleased with the way he has taken care of the players although others were not that impressed, including the president of the Player Council Novak Djokovic.
Before becoming the president of the ATP, Chris Kermode was in charge of Queen's Club Championships and the ATP World Tour Finals between 2008-2014. “It’s been a privilege to serve as ATP Executive Chairman & President since 2014 and I’m very proud of what we have achieved during this time.
I want to thank everyone at the ATP, and all the players and tournaments for the support over the years. I remain fully dedicated to the role for the remainder of my term and wish the organization every success in the future”.