I was honoured today at the Miami Open in Florida to meet with members of the media and had the chance to discuss some of the issues facing international tennis at this time and other important matters related to the ITF. It was great to have the Irish consul Ian O’Flaherty and leading coach Sven Groeneveld joining some of the world’s top tennis journalists.
I covered my plans to be a candidate for the ITF presidency, once formally nominated next month, and my planned campaign strategy over the coming months. I outlined my vision for tennis and the ITF going forward and commented on the current fragmented nature of tennis, the Davis Cup changes which I still feel were too far and too fast and the need to enhance the exposure of women’s tennis and Fed Cup. I gave my suggestions related to the new ITF World Tennis Tour, which in my opinion has not achieved the original objectives. The need to focus on tennis participation was also discussed.
I also spoke about some governance and integrity issues related to the sport and about the recently released ITF Code of Conduct for the election. The Code, which was approved by the ITF Board, limits the ability of candidates for the next ITF President to campaign or release campaign material and to travel to regional association meetings.
Thanks again for all who took the time to attend. The photos from my press conference can be seen below. The video will be released over the coming days.