BBC SPORT: “Michael Downey named as new LTA chief executive”

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Canadian Michael Downey has been appointed as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

Downey, 56, has been Tennis Canada’s president for nine years and succeeds Roger Draper, who leaves in six days.

He takes over an organization threatened with a funding cut of £10.3m from Sport England if it fails to increase participation.

“I believe there’s a bevy of young talent in Great Britain that can follow Andy Murray to the podium,” he said.

“The opportunity that Andy Murray is now a Wimbledon champion, two-time grand slam champion, is immense for tennis in Britain.

“Andy Murray’s biggest contribution to tennis in Britain is winning. That’s when you want to write about him, that’s when people want to follow him, that’s when kids are going to go out, pick up racquets and want to be Andy Murray.”

The LTA was criticised by Baroness Billingham, the chair of the All-Party Tennis Group in December 2012.

She said: “The LTA is one of the wealthiest sporting organisations in the country and it’s my honest and genuine opinion that they are useless.”

Draper’s £640,000 salary was also described by Billingham as “unthinkable”. He received a basic wage of £394,000, a bonus of £201,000 and a pension contribution of £45,000.

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