Otago Daily Times

ASB Classic boss to quit

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AUCKLAND: ASB Classic tournament director Karl Budge has confirmed he will be stepping down from his current role at the end of March.

Budge has been in the role for nine years, during which time he has led the tennis tournament through a period of unpreceden­ted growth.

During his time at the helm, tennis fans have seen some of the biggest names in world sport take to centre court at the ASB Tennis Arena, including Ana Ivanovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Venus Williams, Jo

Wilfried Tsonga, Caroline Wozniacki, Naomi Osaka and 2020 champion Serena Williams.

‘‘There have been a lot of highs, as well as some very challengin­g days, and I feel honoured to have been able to work on behalf of the sporting public to bring some of the biggest names in world sport to Auckland,’’ Budge said.

The 2021 tournament was cancelled due to Covid19, but Tennis Auckland has reaffirmed planning will continue for an ASB Classic in 2022. — RNZ

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