— Published 25 September 2023

Haggerty in an armchair

The battle promised to be a close one. It was not. Opposed by Germany’s Dietloff Von Arnim, American David Haggerty was re-elected on Sunday 24 September for a third consecutive term as President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The election was held at the conclusion of the body’s General Assembly, organised over the weekend in Cancun, Mexico. Elected for the first time in 2015 and then re-elected four years later, David Haggerty received 219 of the 318 votes cast. Aged 66, he won by an overwhelming majority (72.94%). A member of the IOC since September 2020, he will remain at the head of the ITF until 2027. “I look forward to working with our Executive Committee and Board to review and refresh our strategy for this next phase, he said after his victory. We will ensure that ITF competitions are built on a solid foundation and continue to invest in the global development of our sport to achieve the ITF’s mission of preparing tennis for future generations.” Clearly, the voters did not wish to sanction the resounding failure of the contract signed by the ITF with the Spanish company Kosmos for the in-depth reform of Davis Cup. Signed in 2018 for a record period of 25 years, the contract was broken last January.