Tennis Europe has announced that Thomas Hammerl will become its new chief executive with immediate effect.
The appointment came after a ten-week recruitment process that attracted almost 200 applications. An assessment committee staged interviews with an initial shortlist before narrowing it down to a pool of four candidates who were grilled in Zurich, Switzerland, after which the final decision was made by the regional governing body’s board of management.
Hammerl, 45, was previously chief executive of the Austrian Tennis Federation, where he oversaw the organisation’s sponsorship activities, commercial operation and communications, while he also served as the country’s Davis and Fed Cup team manager. He has also served on the junior tennis committees of both Tennis Europe and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
“I am delighted and extremely motivated to join Tennis Europe,” said Hammerl. “I am pleased that the board was convinced by my pledge to focus on leadership, communication, sponsorship, development and integrity. Together with the president, board and staff, I look forward to executing an ambitious new strategy for the prosperity and growth of Tennis Europe and its member nations.”
Tennis Europe president Vladimir Dmitriev added: “Tennis Europe is excited to begin a fresh chapter with the new chief executive. Thomas’ extensive experience with national federations, his strong marketing background and profound understanding of the tennis ecosystem made him stand out as the ideal candidate to ensure Tennis Europe’s continued growth, to oversee the implementation of a new business strategy and to continue the excellent work of our dedicated staff.”
Tennis Europe also confirmed that Magnus Grönvold has been promoted to the new role of chief operating officer, and will work closely with Hammerl at the association’s headquarters in the Swiss city of Basel.