Graham Watson named new Tennis Scotland Chair

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Tennis Scotland has today announced the appointment of Graham Watson as its new Chairman.

He was appointed following a thorough process involving the recruitment panel, which included senior representatives from Tennis Scotland, sportscotland and the LTA.

Graham has a professional background in law and chartered accountancy and was a partner at Deloitte for over 10 years.

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New Tennis Scotland Chairmen, Graham Watson.

Graham Watson said: “This is an exciting time to lead Tennis Scotland forward and the opportunity to develop the sport and make it as accessible as we can to people of all ages and abilities across the country is what really appealed.

“I would like to thank our outgoing chairman, Scott Martin, for leaving such a solid platform on which to build future success.

“Naturally COVID-19 has impacted on grassroots tennis in Scotland but since the easing of restrictions we have recorded significant growth in general participation and the sport is uniquely placed to provide health and wellbeing benefits to communities up and down the country.

“The shared vision of Tennis Scotland and the LTA is ‘tennis opened up’ – a sport for everyone and personally the goal of inspiring young people to achieve has motivated me throughout my professional life.

“This will be a central theme of my chairmanship. In my early conversations, this is a vision shared by Blane and the Tennis Scotland board and I look forward to getting started in the New Year.”

Scott Martin added: “It has been an honour and a privilege to Chair the Tennis Scotland board during a period of continued growth and success. We now have record investment coming into our sport from ourselves and the LTA, a world-class performance pathway, and we are on the cusp of significant development in our indoor facilities network.”