The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Monday announced it has appointed Nigeria’s Steve Wilson, a sports journalist as its Executive Director of Communications and International Relations.
Wilson has been serving for the past 25 years as European Sports Editor for The Associated Press (AP).
“We are delighted to announce Steve’s appointment as Director of Communications and International Relations,” said ITF President, David Haggerty in a statement on Monday.
“Over the last 25 years, Steve has built a reputation within the international sports movement as a highly skilled communicator with an extensive knowledge of the sports industry and those who operate within it.
“He arrives at the ITF at a very exciting time as we continue to implement our ambitious ITF 2024 plan and move forward in our mission to develop, grow and promote tennis around the world.
“Communication both internally within the ITF and the tennis family as well as externally with the broader sports and Olympic Movement is vital to us achieving our goals and I have no doubt Steve will play a vital role in helping us achieve our mission.”
Wilson, whose AP career includes coverage of 15 Summer and Winter Olympic Games and more than 20 Wimbledon championships, will take up the ITF post on Jan. 9.
He will replace the outgoing Barbara Travers who has worked as the ITF Head of Communications since 1999.
“I will like to thank Barbara for her excellent work and dedication to the federation over the last 23 years,” Haggerty added.
“Barbara has done a fantastic job in promoting the ITF around the world during a key period in the federation’s history and we wish her the very best in her retirement.”
Reacting to his appointment, Wilson said: “I am excited to join the ITF and combine tennis, a sport that I have covered for 30 years, with the wider Olympic movement where I have seen the impact of the sport on the Games.
“I’m looking forward to working with the ITF team, member-nations, tennis family and media to support ITF 2024 and the mission of the ITF.”
Wilson, who is a native of Washington DC, has been a member of the International Olympic Committee Press Commission since 1991.
He contributed to the setting of policy for media coverage and logistics at the Games, and has served as President of the Olympics Journalists Association since 2014.
Over a 37-year career he has worked in London, Rome, New Delhi, New York, Boston and Miami.