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SBD Global/July 10, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Lawn Tennis Association Frustrated In Search For CEO Draper's Replacement

A "crisis of leadership is hanging over the body responsible for transforming" Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory into "lasting success," according to Neil Harman of the LONDON TIMES. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), whose budget -- £38M last year -- "is intended to hone young talent," could be without a CEO within weeks. Roger Draper, who has held the post since 2006, announced his resignation four months ago and will step down in September. The search for his replacement from "well-known faces" in British sport has, it is understood, "failed to produce a favourite." The LTA has "also created confusion" by inviting applications from former Davis Cup player and captain David Lloyd and Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club Tournament Dir Chris Kermode, only to "reject them at the first round of interviews." Independent Chair David Gregson, leading the search, said it was “very difficult to be precise” about when a successor to Draper would be appointed (LONDON TIMES. 7/10).
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