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ITF to limit terms of president, board members

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has voted to limit the terms of its president and members of the board of directors to 12 years.

At the global governing body’s Annual General Meeting, the 162 delegates from 85 nations voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of the change.

However, the terms are effective from the date of the 2015 AGM and will not be applied retrospectively, the ITF added. Seventy-two-year-old ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti (pictured) has been at the helm since 1999, and his current four-year term is due to expire next year.

The AGM also voted to remove the post of executive vice-president from the board, although the position of chief operating officer will remain in place, with the changes coming into force after the 2015 AGM, which will take place in Santiago, Chile, next September.