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Lawn Tennis Association CEO Roger Draper Stands Down, Saying 'Now Is The Right Time'
Published March 14, 2013
DRAPER'S SUCCESS: The BBC reported Draper "can point to an increase of 18% in the number of adults playing tennis each week in England during his time in charge" and to the fact Aaron Murray won the U.S. Open, an Olympic Gold, plus a Silver Medal in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson in '12. Draper also introduced a blueprint for British tennis that "led to the creation of new talent identification and performance programmes." He also "implemented plans that saw commercial revenue rise" from £1.75M in '06 to £9M last year (BBC, 3/13).
THE RIGHT TIME: The PA reported Draper "has faced calls for his resignation from critics inside and outside the sport." However, the LTA was "keen to stress the decision was taken solely by the chief executive, who feels it is the right time to stand down." Draper said, "The sport is entering a very exciting phase, and now is the right time for me to hand over the baton to a new leader who can build on what has been achieved in recent years and take British tennis to new levels" (PA, 3/13).