The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has today announced the appointment of Jamie Delgado as a player relations consultant, an on-site representative role which aims to strengthen the world governing body's communication with players, coaches, agents, the tours and tournaments.
Delgado replaces Andre Sa, who had held the position since its creation in February 2018, and joins Rennae Stubbs and ITF Board members Mark Woodforde and Mary Pierce as player representatives.
The 42-year-old won 19 Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger titles, reaching number 121 in the ATP Tour world singles rankings and number 57 in doubles.
Born in Birmingham in England and raised in Spain, Delgado made 23 consecutive appearances at Wimbledon, from his first appearance in the boys' singles draw in 1992 until his last in the men’s doubles alongside Luxembourg's Gilles Müller in 2014.
The Briton reached the third round in Grand Slam doubles action on four occasions, twice at Wimbledon and twice at the US Open.
He also represented Great Britain’s Davis Cup side in four ties between 1997 and 2006.
Delgado began the transition from player to coach in 2014, helping Müller rise from outside the world’s top 350 to number 46 in the world.
He then joined three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray’s team in 2016, a season which saw the Scot claim a second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic gold medal and the year-end world number one ranking.
"I’m really looking forward to following in Andre’s footsteps," Delgado said.
"Having spent 24 years on the international tennis circuit as a player and now as a coach, I know many of us have had questions and opinions about the sport that haven’t always been heard in the past.
"Both Rennae Stubbs and I will be working to ensure the ITF hears the thoughts of the players, coaches, agents, and all those who live and breathe the sport, and only want what’s best for it."
ITF President David Haggerty added: "It is vitally important that the ITF has direct contact with players to properly understand their views and be able to clearly communicate our vision and objectives with them.
"As a top junior, professional singles and doubles player, Davis Cup competitor and coach at the highest level, Jamie will provide invaluable insight and knowledge.
"We look forward to working with Jamie and Rennae and would also like to thank Andre Sa for his excellent contribution over the past year."
The ITF has come in for severe criticism in recent times for a number of changes it has made to the way professional tennis is run.
Today's announcement could be viewed as a means of creating a better relationship between the players and the ITF.