Tennis Australia will soon have a new CEO following the resignation of current executive Steve Wood. The organization announced that Wood has already informed the board that he will only be staying on the post until the end of September.
“These have been eight fantastic years leading a major professional sport that is my lifelong passion, but I have decided to take a break,” he said. “Tennis has always been a huge part of my life. That will not change. But I am looking forward to continuing to make a contribution to the game from a different perspective in the future.”
Steve Healy, Tennis Australia President, offered kind words for the departing executive.
“He took on the role at a time of great uncertainty within the organisation and has led the company into a very strong position. He helped transition Tennis Australia into a professional and well-run commercial entity that generates substantial revenue to help drive the growth of the sport of tennis. I wish Steve well with his future endeavours,” he said.
“Steve’s departure will coincide with a renewed focus on strengthening the foundations of the sport throughout Australia. This will involve an all-encompassing, highly strategic approach to helping tennis continue to overcome the many challenges of the modern sporting landscape,” he added.
Taking over Wood’s post is Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley.
“Steve’s legacy is that tennis is well-positioned commercially and structurally to take on these challenges. To keep the momentum going the Board has decided that Australian Open and Tennis Director Craig Tiley will be appointed to the role,” Healy said.
“Craig is the obvious successor given his outstanding track record.“