© Matt King/Getty Images

Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt poses with Craig Watson, during his tenure as Sydney Tournament Director.

Craig Watson, Former Sydney Tournament Director, Passes Away

Australian was also Tennis NSW Chief Executive Officer

Craig Watson, a former long-time Tournament Director of the Sydney tournament and CEO of Tennis NSW, passed away on 18 April after fighting a courageous battle with melanoma.

Watson came into the sport as an accountant for Tennis NSW in 1989, progressing to the role of Chief Executive Officer (a position he held for nine years). After a 15-season tenure as Tournament Director, between 1999 to 2013, he assumed the role of Event Director, Legends Tour and New Acquisition.

“Craig was one of a kind,” said Craig Gabriel, the Australian tennis reporter. “Armed with a ready smile and infectious laugh, he had a great sense of humour, he was very down to earth and a tremendous Tournament Director, who built up relationships across the sport."

Watson, a key staff member of Tennis NSW for more than 25 years, played a pivotal part in the sale of White City and the relocation of Tennis NSW to Sydney Olympic Park. In his capacity as Tournament Director, Craig was also key in the long-term growth and success of the Sydney International.

Watson's wife, Anna, and their two sons, Miles and Matthias, survive him.

More stories like this in: