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. After a 15-year tenure as Tournament Director, between 1999 to 2014, he assumed the role of Event Director, Legends Tour and New Acquisition.
We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Craig Watson. Craig loved our game and was always committed to improving it. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anna and their sons.
— Craig Tiley (@CraigTiley) April 19, 2021
“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’s wife, Anna, and their two sons, Miles and Matthias, survive him.