Craig Tiley

Chief Executive Officer @ Tennis Australia

Craig Tiley was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Australia in October 2013 and maintained his position as the Australian Open Tournament Director. Prior to this appointment, Craig was Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis and the Tournament Director of the Australian Open, a position he has held since 2006.

As CEO, Craig is responsible for all aspects of the sport of tennis in Australia. Craig leads a team of more than 500 staff during the year, with a seasoned staff of 9,500 during the Australian Open.

Throughout his tenure, Craig has championed a regeneration of the sport in Australia. This is evidenced by the significant growth of the Australian Open, now regarded as one of the most innovative and successful global sporting events in the world, in addition to substantial innovations made to the sport at a grassroots level.

Over the past three years, Tennis Australia’s revenue has more than doubled from $165 million to $332 million. Other key successes include: the introduction to tennis program for young children, Hot Shots; the launch of the shortened version of tennis, Fast4; Tennis Australia diversifying to become a production company and host broadcaster; expansion into Asia; and the Australian Open awarded the players’ favourite event for the seventh straight year.

Born in South Africa to a sport-loving family, Craig played professional tennis for three years, before spending the next 18 years working in the United States.

As a Lieutenant in the South African Army, Craig was the sixth ever recipient of the Army’s Meritorious Award.

He holds academic degrees in kinesiology, economics and business, has produced two bestselling tennis videos and has served as a keynote speaker and leadership consultant.

Craig and his wife, Chicago-born Ali, have three children – daughter Marlowe (4 ½ years) and twin boys, Archer and Weston (3 years).