International Tennis Federation (ITF) President David Haggerty announced on Monday that Kelly Fairweather will become ITF Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, 2017. Fairweather is currently Chief Executive Officer of the International Hockey Federation, based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“The ITF is excited to have Kelly join us in the role of Chief Operating Officer,” said Haggerty. 

“Kelly&’s extensive experience in the Olympic movement as well as his in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by international federations made him the perfect candidate to help the ITF fulfil its mission to develop, grow and promote tennis around the world.

We have an ambitious agenda as part of ITF 2024 and we know that Kelly&’s experience will help us to achieve our goals,” he added.

Prior to his role at the FIH, where he chaired the ASOIF Working Group, Olympic Games and Multisport, Fairweather, 55, was the Director of the European Office of the World Anti-Doping Agency 2009-10, Chief Executive of the Sports Performance Institute of Stellenbosch University from 2007-08, and held two roles at the International Olympic Committee, as Director of Sport from 2003-07 and Group Manager Department of Finance and Administration from 1999-2003.  

“I look forward to joining the ITF as Chief Operating Officer in January,” said Fairweather adding,“It is a federation that I know well having worked with them during my time as IOC Director of Sport and I have admired how they have grown in stature in the Olympic movement. The ambitious agenda of Dave Haggerty for the future of the ITF and its flagship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, has great appeal to me and I look forward to working with him to make ITF 2024 a reality.”