Germany’s Dietloff von Arnim is aiming to become the new President of the International Tennis Federation ©Getty Images

Germany’s Dietloff von Arnim has been announced as the sole challenger to American David Haggerty in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Presidential elections.

The ITF has revealed that incumbent Haggerty and German Tennis Association (DTB) President von Arnim will battle it out for the top job after putting forward their candidatures.

The winner of the two-way contest is set to be declared following a vote at the ITF’s Annual General Meeting, scheduled to be held on September 24 in Cancun in Mexico.

Haggerty, who was first elected in 2015, is aiming to secure another four-year term following his re-election in 2019.

Four years ago, Haggerty emerged victorious from a four-way battle, beating India’s Anil Khanna, Ireland’s Dave Miley and the Czech Republic’s Ivo Kaderka to extend his stay at the helm.

Haggerty, an International Olympic Committee member, secured a first-round victory after receiving more than 60 per cent of the 428 valid votes at the election in Lisbon.

During his time in charge, the American has overseen controversial changes to the Davis Cup format by ending best-of-five-set matches and making it a 18-team event staged in one week at the end of the season.

In March, Haggerty reaffirmed his commitment to the Davis Cup structure despite the ITF cutting short its management deal with Kosmos, the company led by former Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique.

The ITF had originally signed with Kosmos to manage the tournament for 25 years with a promised investment of $3 billion (£2.49 billion/€2.81 billion).

Haggerty will need to overcome the challenge of Von Arnim to retain his place as the head of the worldwide governing body.

American David Haggerty, who has led the ITF since 2015, is looking to extend his stay as the head of the worldwide governing body ©Getty Images
American David Haggerty, who has led the ITF since 2015, is looking to extend his stay as the head of the worldwide governing body ©Getty Images

Von Arnim has led the DTB for the past two years, and was unanimously backed by his organisation at the end of last year to stand for the ITF Presidency.

Before replacing Ulrich Klaus as DTB President in January 2021, von Arnim was tournament director at the World Team Cup event in his home town of Düsseldorf.

According to a report by News in Germany in February, von Arnim claimed that the ITF had “lost ground internationally”.

"The ITF has to stand for transparency," said von Arnim.

"It has to position itself professionally at the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup.

"In many countries there is so much expertise that we have to use it.

"It’s also about promoting young people and making tennis more popular worldwide close.

"It needs a new management style."

The AGM is also set to see the election of 14 members of the Board of Directors on four-year terms.

Among the 29 candidates are Costa Rica’s Carlos Bravo, Canada’s Jack Graham, Japan’s Nao Kawatei, Tunisia’s Salma Mouelhi Guizani, Bulgaria’s Stefan Tzvetkov and Kazakhstan’s Bulat Utemuratov who are all seeking re-election.