Craig Tiley, director of Tennis Australia, the sport's national governing body, has today been promoted to chief executive of the organisation following the resignation of incumbent Steve Wood.
Wood will officially step down at the end of next month after more than eight years in the position.
Steve Healy, president of Tennis Australia, said Tiley, who is also director of the Australian Open, one of tennis' four ‘grand slams’, was "the obvious successor given his outstanding track record."
Wood joined Tennis Australia in July 2005 from the telecommunications company Nortel Australia and New Zealand.
Wood, who played on the men's ATP Tour during the mid-1980s, said: "These have been eight fantastic years leading a major professional sport that is my lifelong passion, but I have decided to take a break. Tennis has always been a huge part of my life. That will not change. But I am looking forward to continuing to make a contribution to the game from a different perspective in the future."
Healy praised Wood for helping to "transition Tennis Australia into a professional and well-run commercial entity that generates substantial revenue to help drive the growth of the sport of tennis."