The All England Club have announced Ian Hewitt – a 71-year-old retired lawyer and author – as their next chairman, to succeed long-serving Philip Brook at the end of this year.
Brook – a former actuary – will thus have completed nine years in the post, in accordance with AELTC tradition that no-one should go much past a decade.
Brook – who is 63 – was not universally popular at the club, owing to a sometimes unilateral management style, but his legacy is impressive, notably on the fronts of site development and the introduction of an extra week to the grass-court season.
The AELTC constitution requires that all chairmen – or chairpersons, potentially – must be recruited from the 12-strong committee, which Hewitt has served on since 2002.
The most famous name on that board is that of Tim Henman. But when the Telegraph asked Henman in December whether he was interested in the chairmanship, he said that he wasn’t, and added that it was “extremely doubtful” whether he would consider taking it in the future.