The current Yorkshire Tennis President is Geoff Newton.
It is a great honour to be elected Yorkshire President, having been closely associated with the County for much of my life, playing at Adel and Chapel Allerton in Leeds, as a junior, and representing Yorkshire at both junior and senior level over many years. My father was a great supporter of Yorkshire tennis, and indeed was himself elected President in 1983. I was fortunate to become Yorkshire champion at all age groups and went on to represent Great Britain in the Galea Cup and play in the Wimbledon Championships, albeit many years ago!
In regards to tennis administration, I am now a Vice President of the All England Club, having served on the Board for many years, and also of the International Club of GB. My business career included working in the public and private sectors, and more recently I was responsible for the socio-economic legacy of the London 2012 Olympics/Paralympics, and then appointed CEO of the Tennis Foundation, which focused on making tennis more inclusive by engaging with young people, those with disabilities, and also communities for whom tennis is not a traditional sport.
Currently, I am Vice Chair of the British Paralympic Association (Wheelchair tennis is of course a Paralympic sport), and also working to help develop a charity, Rackets Cubed, which aims to help young children from challenging backgrounds by introducing them to a racket sport (usually tennis), giving them additional tuition in maths, and then a nutritional meal, all in an ‘aspirational’ location.
Tennis and Yorkshire have always been key parts of my DNA, and I am really looking forward to working with a great team of people over the next three years, to build on the successes that have already been achieved in the County, and helping to spread the passion we have for our sport as widely as possible.