The Lawn Tennis Association have announced UK Sport's Michael Bourne as their new performance director.
Currently holding the same role at UK Sport, Bourne will begin work with the LTA in the autumn, replacing Simon Timson who left to join Manchester City in March after three and a half years in the position.
Bourne is the LTA's third performance director in five years, and the second in a row from outside of tennis. But the national governing body insists he will be overseeing a continuation of their current player pathway strategy, including the recently launched National Academy system, based around two sites in Loughborough and Stirling.
“Michael is a hugely respected figure within British sport and he will be an invaluable addition to our team," Scott Lloyd, LTA chief executive, said. "He combines a rare understanding of elite performance culture with a formidable record of helping sports deliver better results across the whole of their performance programmes. These skills will complement the existing tennis knowledge we already have at the LTA and he will bring significant experience, expertise and challenge to our strategy."
Bourne, 40, has been at UK Sport since 2014 and previously held roles with the England and Wales Cricket Board and English Institute of Sport. He echoed Lloyd's sentiment, and said he was aiming to "maintain consistency" in the LTA player pathway when he joins the organisation later this year.
“I look forward to working with the LTA performance team and partnering with players and their support networks, alongside the wider British tennis community to maintain consistency in the player pathway while also building upon its strengths to enable more British players to transition to elite levels of performance, major tournament success and inspiring professional careers.”
Former British number one Tim Henman, who sits on the LTA Performance Advisory Group, was also heavily involved in the selection process along with Lloyd.