Federer, Murray welcome Chris Kermode`s `appointment` as `new` ATP chief

Johannesburg: Britain`s Chris Kermode has been appointed as the head of international men`s tennis in his role of the president of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals).

According to Sport24, Kermode expressed that it was a huge honour to have been given the opportunity to lead the ATP during what is unquestionably one of the most exciting periods in the history of men`s professional tennis.

Both reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and 17-time Grand Slam-winner Roger Federer acclaimed Kermode`s appointment, the report said.

Murray said that he had known and worked with Kermode for many years and he gets on well with the players.

Meanwhile, Federer, the current president of the ATP Player Council said that he was delighted to welcome Kermode as their new ATP executive chairman and president, on behalf of the players.

Kermode will begin a three-year term on January 1 and succeeds Australian Brad Drewett, who died from motor neurone disease in May after stepping down from his role the previous January, the report added.

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