Vladimir Dmitriev has been elected as the first-ever Russian president of Tennis Europe, the sport’s largest regional body.
Dmitriev saw off the claims of three rival candidates at Tennis Europe’s annual general meeting held in the Russian city of Sochi. In the final round of voting, Dimitriev won the endorsement of the assembly over Finland’s Matti Virtanen by 41 votes to 32.
Previous rounds had earlier eliminated two other candidates in the shape of Italy’s Luisanna Fodde and Croatia’s Predrag Stojcevic. The meeting also saw a new Tennis Europe board elected to serve under the leadership of Dimitriev until 2020. Fodde will serve on the board after gaining re-election.
Olli Mäenpää, who has been elected as chief executive, said: “We are looking forward to begin working with Mr. Dmitriev and the new board and to push forward the business and sport of tennis in Europe. The newly elected board is an excellent representation of the diversity of our member nations and I am sure that we will continue to prosper and grow.”
Outgoing president Jacques Dupré stepped down after serving three consecutive terms at the helm of the organisation and has been awarded the title of honorary life president. Dupré said: “It has been an honour to spend the last nine years as president of Tennis Europe, and I am happy to be leaving the organisation in a healthy situation despite some recent challenges.”