Published November 4, 2011
ATP aims to have outgoing Helfant's successor in place by the new year
Sources said the choice for the next leader of the ATP World Tour is down to three execs from within men’s tennis -- Richard Krajicek, Mark Young and Brad Drewett. The BOD could choose a successor to outgoing Exec Chair & President Adam Helfant at its meetings in London later this month. One possibility under consideration is a dual leadership structure encompassing Krajicek and Young, the sources said. Krajicek, the '96 Wimbledon champion who now runs the tournament in Rotterdam, is viewed as having the support of players but not the business savvy of Young. He is the ATP’s long-time General Counsel and CEO of the Americas. Drewett, the ATP's Int'l Group CEO, and Young were the early contenders for the post after Helfant announced his departure earlier this year. But player representatives were not comfortable with them, and the search widened to other groups in tennis. All England Club CEO Ian Ritchie was a front runner, but he pulled out of consideration when his name got leaked. That apparently has left the BOD divided between player and tourney reps, bringing Drewett and Young back into consideration. An ATP spokesperson said in an e-mail that the aim of the tour is to have a successor in place by the new year.