On Friday, Tennis Canada announced that Jack Graham, director emeritus of its board of directors, has been re-elected for a fifth term as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis.
In 2009, Mr. Graham became the first Canadian to join the ITF Board. His new four-year mandate makes him the board’s longest standing continuous member. The elections to appoint the 14 members of the board of directors were held at the ITF’s annual general meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
The ITF also re-elected David Haggerty of the US as president. He will begin his second mandate.
“We are delighted that Jack has been re-elected to the board of directors of the ITF,” affirmed Jennifer Bishop, chair of the board of directors of Tennis Canada. “Jack conveys his passion for tennis through his many accomplishments. Over the years, he has pursued his commitment to ensure that tennis remains among the most prestigious sports in Canada and around the world. Jack’s contribution to the ITF board consolidates Canada’s place among the world’s dominant tennis nations and thus helps further Tennis Canada’s mission.”
Mr. Graham has represented Canada remarkably well during his tenure at the ITF. In 2014, he organized an ITF board meeting in Halifax—the very first ever held in Canada.
“It is a tremendous honour to be re-elected to the board of directors of the ITF for a fifth time,” said Mr. Graham. “The game of tennis is in a period of significant change. I am very pleased to be playing a role in shaping how we grow the game, transform our competitions and enhance governance and integrity in tennis around the world.”
Mr. Graham is a partner and the Board Chair at McInnes Cooper, which is among the 25 largest law firms in Canada and the largest in Atlantic Canada. Prior to entering the legal profession, he was the executive director of Tennis Nova Scotia. He later served as the association’s chair and was appointed vice-president at Tennis Canada before leading the board of directors.
The Board of Directors of the ITF oversees the organization’s strategic and operational decisions, in particular with respect to Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic tennis events and the junior, senior, wheelchair and professional tennis circuits, as well as many development activities.