Status: 22.01.2023 17:17
Dietloff von Arnim needs to grow to be the president of the world tennis affiliation ITF and he depends on the assist of different international locations. But Arnim is tight-lipped about what precisely he’ll change.
Von Arnim, 63, stated through the worldwide media spherical through the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday (Jan 21, 2023). But it was not actual.
Von Arnim has been president of the German Tennis Association (DTB) since early 2021, however it’s unclear how lengthy he’ll maintain the place. Von Arnim has massive targets, he needs to grow to be the president of the World Tennis Federation (ITF). For that, he needed to substitute the present president from the USA, David Haggerty, on the Congress to be held in Cancun (Mexico) in September.
If von Arnim was certainly the president of the ITF, he ought to have resigned from the DTB. This is what the principles of the German Tennis Association need.
Criticism of incumbent Haggerty
Haggerty has been president since 2015, however has confronted criticism over time. Under Haggerty’s management, the world affiliation reached a billion-dollar cope with the Kosmos Tennis investor group, led by former soccer star Gerard Pique, for the rights to the Davis Cup. Subsequently, the ITF made adjustments to the standard regime, and the suggestions was not good. Alexander Zverev quickly refused to take part in the protest.
The ITF has now ended its collaboration with the Cosmos Group. The world neighborhood didn’t give any cause for this. But they like to host the Davis Cup there themselves. President Haggerty stated of the format adjustments in November: “It was good for the followers. It was good for the gamers. It was good for tennis.”
Von Arnim criticizes and waits for a “clear view”.
Arnim’s presidential candidate doesn’t appear to see it that method. “Davis Cup has suffered,” stated Von Arnim in Melbourne. “The gamers had been taking part in for some huge cash, however the funding did not work or will not work in the longer term.” She additionally sees “issues” in the ladies’s Billie Jean King Cup.
However, the previous organizer of the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf has left it open what particular measures he’ll take as ITF president to handle this.
Von Arnim stated he first needs to get a transparent image of expectations in additional discussions with nationwide associations and people chargeable for Grand Slam tournaments. “Then we can have a transparent imaginative and prescient.”
What is the way forward for German tennis?
But it’s already clear to him that the ITF needs to extend its significance. “Now no person stands up and speaks for tennis. The ITF ought to grow to be the governing physique of tennis once more.” The ATP and WTA gamers’ unions are at present “considerably stronger than the ITF”.