Tennis Scotland today confirms that Blane Dodds has been appointed the Chief Executive of the governing body of tennis in Scotland. He will start on January 8th, 2018, once the necessary handover from his current role of CEO at Scottish Golf has been completed.
David Mazzucco, President of Tennis Scotland revealed, "It is with great pleasure we announce this news for Tennis Scotland. There is a great team developing at Tennis Scotland and Blane has been very much a leading part of that over the last year and a half. The Board, staff and partners have been developing a new strategy over the last year and we look forward to delivering these plans with Blane leading and developing the team on the ground."
Blane Dodds said, "I am delighted to be joining Tennis Scotland as CEO. I relish the opportunity to develop and deliver the strategy and what is required. There have been huge steps forward for tennis over the last year most notably the establishment of the new £15million Facility Fund thanks to sportscotland and the LTA. I look forward very much to working with the team and partners in building the future and delivering the Murray legacy for all to benefit from."
Leon Smith, Board Member of Tennis Scotland and GB Davis Cup Captain added, "We are all delighted with this appointment. Blane has led the Board in a voluntary capacity for the last year and a half and during that time there have been many improvements and developments for our game. Most notably the £15m new facility fund, and Colin Fleming a former World No. 17 ATP Doubles player and fellow Scot recruited as National Coach among two notable progressions. Blane has demonstrated his passion for tennis and his commitment and abilities to deliver positive change will be a major asset moving forward in his new capacity as CEO."
David Gregson, Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association commented, "I am delighted that we now have a leader of Blane’s quality to drive forward Tennis in Scotland, particularly at a time when Andy and Jamie Murray, and Gordon Reid, have been taking interest in tennis across the UK to new heights. I am sure that Blane, as CEO, will make a lasting difference to Scottish tennis, building on the foundations of his significant contribution as Chair.”