Tennis - Hutchins gets job running Queen's

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.

Tennis - Hutchins gets job running Queen's

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Hutchins, who returned to the court this year with partner Colin Fleming after recovering from Hodgkins Lymphoma last year, joins the tournament’s managing director Stephen Farrow in taking on the responsibilities of Chris Kermode, who recently became the Executive President and Chairman of the ATP.

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. He will report to Farrow, who has overall responsibility for the event.

“I am honoured to have been given this opportunity," said Hutchins.

"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.

"I was fascinated by how much work went on behind the scenes, and I loved being involved with it.

"I know and understand what matters to players, I’ve spent a lot of time with Tournament Directors, sponsors and the media, and I think I have a good understanding of what makes a great tournament.”

Hutchins will continue his playing career in tandem with his new role.

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