Hutchins appointed tournament director at Queen’s Club

Ross Hutchins has returned to pro competition after surviving a cancer battle.

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LONDON — British player Ross Hutchins has been appointed as the new tournament director of the Queen’s Club tournament, the traditional warm-up event for Wimbledon.

Hutchins, who is back playing after recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year, replaces Chris Kermode in the role. Kermode recently was hired as the new chairman of the ATP.

Hutchins organized a charity tennis match — Rally Against Cancer — on finals day during the 2013 Queen’s Club tournament and raised more than $500,000.

"The way Ross threw himself into organizing the charity match last year at a time when he was going through chemotherapy, was an inspiration," Kermode said in a statement. "Everyone likes Ross, and his drive, determination, passion and positive attitude will ensure he is a huge success in this role.”