David Haggerty has been re-elected as President of the International Tennis Federation on a four-year term after a convincing first round victory in Lisbon. The American had been seeking a second term as President and mentioned the same at the ITF’s Annual General Meeting.
He faced the challenge of India's Anil Khanna, Ireland’s Dave Miley and the Czech Republic’s Ivo Kaderka. Haggerty secured a first round victory after receiving over 60 per cent of the valid votes. With a total of 215 required to win the elections, Haggerty received an astounding 259 votes to secure a very comfortable victory for the American.
Khanna, who lost out to Haggerty by eight votes in 2015, finished as the runner-up again. "I appreciate your support," Haggerty said immediately after the verdict. "I would also like to congratulate Anil, Ivo and David for their hard work in the election.
Thank you very much." Haggerty will now serve a second term through to 2023 and was handed a very big boost on the eve of the election with the Lawn Tennis Association backing his re-election, having already received the support of the United States.
Britain and the United States were among the five nations with a maximum share of 12 votes, along with Australia, France and Germany.