September 25, 2015, Toronto, Ontario – Tennis Canada announced Friday that Tennis Canada board member Jack Graham has been re-elected for a fourth term to the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body for the sport of tennis. Graham became the first Canadian to hold a position on the ITF Board when he was initially elected in 2009. He will now serve a four-year term. Elections for the 13-member Board took place during the ITF Annual General Meeting in Santiago, Chile.
The ITF also elected a new president on Friday as David Haggarty of the United States was voted in as the successor to Francesco Ricci Bitti whose 16-year term ended today.
“We are thrilled about Jack’s re-election to the ITF Board today,” said Tennis Canada president and CEO Kelly Murumets. “Jack’s passion for the sport is unparalleled. He has demonstrated an enormous commitment of both time and energy over many years to ensuring that tennis remains one of the leading sports both in Canada and globally. Jack’s inclusion on the Board helps to further solidify Canada’s position as a top tennis nation on the world stage.”
Graham has represented Canada admirably during his time on the ITF Board, including hosting a 2014 ITF Board meeting in his hometown of Halifax. It was the first time an ITF Board meeting was held in Canada.
“It is a great honour to be re-elected to the ITF Board for a fourth term,” said Graham from Santiago. “Tennis is such a tremendous sport and I look forward to working with this group to continue to grow and promote the greatness of the game, both in Canada and worldwide.”
Graham is a partner at the law firm McInnes Cooper, the largest law partnership in Atlantic Canada and one of the Top 20 largest law firms in the Country. Before completing his law degree, Graham was the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Tennis Association. He is a Past President of Tennis Nova Scotia, and has served as Vice-Chair and Chairman of Tennis Canada.
The ITF Board is responsible for strategic and operational decisions for the ITF which includes but is not limited to oversight of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, the Olympic Tennis Event, Junior, Senior, Wheelchair, Pro Circuit events and the ITF’s extensive Development activities.