ITF appoints Pierce and Woodforde to Board of Directors

December 23 2015 by Renata Mendes Dias Print This Article

The International Tennis Federation announced on Tuesday that the French Mary Pierce and Australian Mark Woodforde will join the ITF organization's Board for four years as athlete members of the ITF Board of Directors. The statement still has to be ratified at the ITF Annual General Meeting in June 2016. Pierce and Woodforde will join other 13 members and President David Haggerty.

“I am pleased to announce that the ITF Board of Directors has appointed Mary Pierce and Mark Woodforde for four-year terms. They are the first athlete members of the ITF Board and will provide good insight into the needs of the players and help us to grow the game of tennis around the world. Their perspective and collaboration is very important to the ITF as we work to keep tennis strong and vibrant. Both Mary and Mark will also lead the ITF’s Athlete Commission and will be members of the ITF Olympic Committee,” ITF President David Haggerty said.

Mary Pierce, 40, is former World No. 3, achieved two Grand Slam titles, the Australian Open in 1995 and Roland Garros in 2000 and was runner-up in the US in 2005. She also defended France in 22 clashes of Fed Cup.

“I am very proud and honoured to join the ITF Board. I am convinced that their role in the tennis world is crucial, and I will do my best to bring as much as I can to their action. Thank you so much for welcoming me," Pierce said.

Mark Woodforde, 50, was World No. 19 in singles and World No. 1 in doubles. He won 12 doubles titles of Grand Slam, 11 alongside with Todd Woodbridge and one with John McEnroe. Partnering with Woodbridge, he won the gold medal in the doubles of the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and the silver medal at the Sydney Games in 2000. He defended Australia 24 times in the Davis Cup and entered the Hall of Fame in 2010.

“It’s exciting to be appointed to the ITF Board of Directors. “Some of the proudest accomplishments of my career came when I played for my country in Davis Cup and the Olympic Games and was able to see at first hand the work of the ITF. My life continues to be centred around tennis as a commentator and coach. I think that this gives me both insight and perspective on the views of the players that I can share with the Board as we work together to grow tennis around the world,” Woodforde said.

Source: ITF site

Photo: ITF site