Scott Lloyd has been named as the new chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the national governing body of tennis in the UK.
Lloyd will formally take up his new position in January 2018. The LTA’s current executive team will continue to lead the day-to-day running of the organisation until Lloyd assumes the chief executive role, which was vacated by Michael Downey.
The 41-year-old Briton is the son of former tennis star David Lloyd and his uncle John played in the 1977 Australian Open final. In 1997, he founded the health, fitness and racquets club group, Next Generation Clubs. He served as chief executive of David Lloyd Leisure from 2007 until 2015, where he remains non-executive deputy chairman.
“Scott was the stand-out choice for us for several reasons,” said David Gregson, chairman of the LTA. “He has a deep understanding of the British tennis landscape and a clear commitment to our strategy of focussing on grassroots tennis in communities – from schools to clubs to parks.
“In addition, he has a proven record of growing and developing tennis over the last 20 years and he clearly has a deep-rooted desire to make a significant impact on our sport in the future, as we strive to make our sport even more popular and deliver on our mission to get more people playing tennis more often.
Lloyd, added: “I am really looking forward to the challenge of taking on this fantastic job. The current success of great British players like Andy and Jamie Murray, Johanna Konta, Gordon Reid and others, is helping inspire a whole new generation to give this great sport a go.
“Over the last four years, the LTA has taken huge strides in helping tennis become more accessible and encouraging many more people into the sport at a grassroots level. However, there’s still much to do to drive British Tennis forward and I can’t wait to play my part in that very important journey.”