Haggerty to face three rivals for ITF presidency

International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty will face competition from three rival candidates to secure a second term in the post.

The four contenders for the ITF presidency include India’s Anil Khanna, who Haggerty defeated to secure the position back in September 2015. As well as Haggerty and Khanna, Ireland’s David Miley and Ivo Kaderka of the Czech Republic will also contest the presidency at the ITF’s annual general meeting in Lisbon, Portugal on September 27.

Former ITF director of development Miley today (Monday) formally began his campaign to become the new president after being nominated by Tennis Ireland. Speaking in Paris at Roland Garros, Miley unveiled his “Together for Tennis” campaign, aimed at uniting tennis’ stakeholders to work together in the interest of the sport and in the interests of the ITF member federations that own the ITF.

Miley said: “My presidency will not be about one person. I intend to lead a movement of like-minded people coming from the federation leadership and ITF Board to improve the ITF, making it stronger, and to change for the better the current fragmented international tennis order.

“The tennis family is not working together as it should.  We are still too fragmented, interests are not always aligned and some have vested interests that are holding tennis back.  While our sport is growing in some important markets, there are worrying declines in participation in North America and Europe for example.

“My vision is focused on seeing the ITF strong again and address, head on, the challenges it increasingly faces.”

In the 2015 election, Haggerty was elected president as two of his rivals in the closely fought contest were appointed as vice-presidents of the sport’s global governing body. The American official succeeded Francesco Ricci Bitti, who served a 16-year term as ITF president.

Haggerty was elected on the second ballot with 200 votes, defeating Khanna, who gained 192 votes. Switzerland’s Rene Stammbach and Spain’s Juan Margets were eliminated on the first ballot. However, both Khanna and Stammbach, along with Haggerty’s fellow American Katrina Adams, were elected in vice-presidential roles for the current four-year term.

The headline item during Haggerty’s first term in office has been the substantial overhaul of the Davis Cup. In August, member nations of the ITF voted in favour of a major reform package for the national team tournament.

ITF members voted in favour of the project launched in association with investment group Kosmos at the federation’s annual general meeting in Orlando, Florida. Requiring a two-thirds majority to be approved, the plan gained 71.43 per cent of the vote.

From this year, the competition will see 18 nations and the world’s best players compete in a week-long season finale to be crowned Davis Cup champions. The first two editions of the new event will be held in Madrid.