Long-serving Margets to step down from ITF

Juan Margets will step down from his role as chief operating officer of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) later this year, it has been confirmed.

ITF president David Haggerty announced yesterday (Tuesday) that the Spaniard would be leaving the body after 18 years.

“Juan has played a very important role in the ITF for many years in both his management position and his chairmanship of key committees,” Haggerty said. “His knowledge and experience have been very helpful in my transition as ITF president and his dedication, friendship and loyalty have been much appreciated.

“His contributions over the 18 years he has worked at the ITF plus the many years he served on the board prior to joining full-time are too many list.”

Margets (pictured) ran for the ITF presidency last year but was eliminated on the first ballot along with Rene Stammbach of Switzerland. On the second ballot, Haggerty defeated Anil Khanna of India by 200 votes to 192 and was duly elected the body’s new president, succeeding Italian Francesco Ricci Bitti, who had held the role for 16 years.

From 1991-2015, Margets served on the ITF’s Board of Directors and was an executive vice-president at the body from 1998-2015. He also served as chairman of the Davis Cup Committee from 1999-2015, the ITF/ATP Men’s Circuit Committee from 1999-2013 and the ITF Wheelchair Committee from 1997-1999.

The ITF cited the comprehensive review of its media rights distribution model that resulted in the signing of beIN Sports as the federation’s global media rights partner as one of Margets’ key accomplishments.

In February 2015, beIN agreed a strategic global media rights partnership with the ITF for its Davis Cup and Fed Cup national team tournaments. The seven-year agreement runs from 2015 to 2021. The ITF said it was the largest ever television and digital rights deal for the Davis Cup and Fed Cup – respectively the world’s premier men’s and women’s team tennis events.

Margets will formally leave the ITF on September 30 but will consult through to the end of the year and assist in the transition to a new chief operating officer to be named at a later date.