Pollard beats McNamee in Tennis Australia vote

Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard has retained his position after fending off a challenge from former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee.

The secret vote Monday involving Tennis Australia’s 16 state and territory delegates was the first time Pollard had faced a challenge to his leadership since he succeeded Brian Tobin in 1989. He said following the vote that this year would be his last in the post.

McNamee, who had been supported by the country’s leading tennis player, Lleyton Hewitt, had criticized Tennis Australia’s administration, including its performance on player development and declining player registrations.