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Canadian tennis chief to take up LTA role

September 24, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Canada’s top tennis official has been hired as the new chief executive of Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association.

Michael Downey will end his nine-year tenure as president and chief executive of Tennis Canada to take up his new role on Jan. 6 next year, replacing Roger Draper.

Downey’s job will be to improve the fortunes of British tennis, which has little top-level talent outside Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

Downey says Tuesday “this is a huge privilege for me, at a fantastic time for British tennis. We have a tremendous opportunity in front of us.”

Downey is also a former regional president for Canada’s largest brewery, Molson Canada.

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