Healy to step down as Tennis Australia president as Botton departs FFT
Steve Healy is to step down from his role as president of Tennis Australia after nearly seven years in charge.
Healy (pictured) said he will leave the position next month to pursue other business interests.
Tennis Australia vice-president Chris Freeman will temporarily take up the role until Healy’s successor is found.
In October, Healy was re-elected to serve a third successive term as president of TA, a term which was due to run until 2019.
Healy joined the board of Tennis Australia in 2008 and became its president in 2010.
Late last year, Dentons, the Australia-based law firm of which Healy has been a partner of since 1999, appointed Healy as its chief executive.
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.”
He continued: “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.”
Under Healy’s leadership Tennis Australia doubled its revenues in 2016 from the sale of media and sponsorship rights to its annual events, led by the Australian Open, having taken its rights in-house at the end of 2015.
Meanwhile, Jérémy Botton has announced he is resigning as general director of the French Tennis Federation after just over a year in the role.
It is understood that Botton was warned that the election of new FFT president Bernard Giudicelli last month would be likely to impact his position at the federation.
Botton replaced Glbert Ysern as general director of the FFT in February last year.
Before that, Botton had been deputy director general of the FFT for the past seven years and played an important role in the federation's renovation plans for the French Open's Roland Garros venue.