Tennis-WTA appoints Archer as CEO

By Thomson Reuters Jun 5, 2024 | 10:38 AM

PARIS (Reuters) – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has appointed Portia Archer as chief executive to in place of Steve Simon who left the position last year, the governing body of women’s tennis said on Wednesday.

Archer, previously a senior executive at the National Basketball Association (NBA), will take up her role with the WTA on July 29, the WTA said in a statement.

Simon will remain as WTA chairman, focusing on governance and strategic development.

Simon had come under fire from the players over the decision to hold the 2023 WTA Finals outdoors in the Mexican resort of Cancun. They were later moved to Saudi Arabia in another decision that was widely criticised.

(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide, editing by Ed Osmond)