Former Lions rugby manager named new Tennis SA CEO

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Andre Homan. (Photo supplied by Tennis SA)
Andre Homan. (Photo supplied by Tennis SA)

Tennis South Africa (TSA) on Wednesday confirmed Andre Homan as its new chief executive officer.

Homan, a former commercial manager for the Golden Lions Rugby Union, replaces Richard Glover, who stepped down from the role at the end of 2021 after five years at the helm.

A statement from the tennis governing body read: "Andre brings with him a wealth of both academic and practical knowledge. He has extensive experience in the sports and events industries and holds two honours BAs and an MBA.

"Homan joins TSA from the position of director of sales and hospitality for Circa, a leading company specialising in commercial ventures relating to major events and stadiums including Ellis Park. Previously he has worked as the commercial manager for Lions Rugby, as a project manager at the SA Rugby Union and as the commercial manager of Stadium Management South Africa.

"Andre has also been the general manager of the Golden Lions Rugby Union's amateur arm - managing school, club, youth development and training programmes at grass roots and elite levels for more than 10 years.  Homan's long interest in sport is also evidenced by his career as a provincial rugby player for both the Leopards and the Lions and his qualifications in coaching/officiating in rugby and athletics."

Homan, who will start his new role on 1 February, said he was "delighted and honoured" to receive the backing of the TSA board. 

"With the federation's rich history and many successes over the last few years, this is an exciting time for tennis. Despite the many challenges sporting organisations face in South Africa, I believe there is a huge opportunity to grow the game and make it more accessible and inclusive.

"I look forward to working closely with the Tennis fraternity and plan to embrace the task of helping TSA's diverse stakeholders achieve their goals with enthusiasm and vigour." 

TSA president Gavin Crookes lauded Glover's contribution and welcomed the appointment of Homan.

"The board and I are looking forward to working with Andre to take South African tennis to the next level, building on the strong platform created by Richard Glover. I'd like to take this opportunity to warmly thank Richard for all his work for TSA and to wish Andre every success in his new role."

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