Active British tennis player Ross Hutchins has been appointed the new Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships, the annual grass court tournament at The Queen’s Club in London.
Following his triumphant recovery from Hodgkins Lymphoma, Hutchins returned to the professional competition this year with partner Colin Fleming.Now, he joins the tournament’s managing director Stephen Farrow in taking on the responsibilities the prestigious tournament ahead of Wimbledon.
“I am honoured to have been given this opportunity.” Hutchins said. “The Aegon Championships is one of the longest running and best tournaments on the ATP World Tour, and I will do everything I can to make it even better. It has always been a special event for me as a player because it was the first main tour tournament I ever played, but my appreciation for the event grew further last year when I had the chance to work with the fantastic tournament team on the Rally Against Cancer charity match.”
Hutchins will be responsible for tennis decisions and player/ATP relations during the tournament week, advising on tournament strategy throughout the year, and speaking publicly on behalf of the tournament.
“I worked with Ross on the Rally Against Cancer last year, and with Stephen Farrow and the rest of the tournament team for many years, and the tournament is in safe hands.” Chris Kermode said. “The way Ross threw himself into organising the charity match last year at a time when he was going through chemotherapy, was an inspiration. Everyone likes Ross, and his drive, determination, passion and positive attitude will ensure he is a huge success in this role.”
Aside from not competing in the Aegon Championships, Hutchins will continue his tennis playing-career as normal.