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.

“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.