Tennis Australia president Steve Healy has announced that he will resigned as president and director of Tennis Australia’s board effective from April 10 citing business interests.
Tennis Australia vice president Chris Freeman AM will fill the chairman role until Tennis Australia’s annual general meeting in October, when a new chairman will be elected.
Late last year Healy was appointed the Australia region CEO and chairman of partners of law firm Dentons.
In a statement, Healy said: “Our business at Dentons is embarking on an exciting phase. We are a firm with more than 8000 lawyers spanning 57 countries and I am really looking forward to devoting the time necessary to ensure we are successful.
“I will of course miss Tennis Australia as it has been such a big part of my life.”
“Tennis Australia has a talented board and management team in place. We have just had an amazing summer of tennis and delivered the most successful Australian Open in history. We have achieved a lot during the last eight years and it is the perfect time for me to hand over the reins and pursue other challenges.”
Healy joined the Tennis Australia board in 2008 and was became president in 2010.
Healy further added: “It gives me great pleasure to have been a part of the team that has engineered the biggest growth period in the history of the organisation, developed new tennis products and overseen many millions of dollars of dedicated investment in facilities across Australia.
“The growth of the Australian Open and in particular the fantastic tournament this year have been major highlights and they showcase our sport and our country. But the most important benefit of the Australian Open’s success is that it enables us all to grow participation and keep tennis the most popular sport in Australia. This has always been the priority, right from my beginnings in club land as I have enjoyed a wonderful tennis journey.”