Sue Mappin has played at the top level of international tennis, competing at all Grand Slam events FOUNDER

Sue has played at the top level of international tennis, competing at all Grand Slam events and has represented her country on numerous occasions. On the world circuit Sue achieved career high rankings of number 6 in the world at doubles and 28 in the world in singles. She reached the last 16 of the singles at the US Open and won the New Zealand Open and was a doubles semi-finalist in three of the four grand slam events, twice at The Championships Wimbledon.

During this time Sue was also instrumental in the development of the British Women's Tennis Association and became their first Chair person.


On completion of her playing career Sue was asked to join the LTA and this led to her becoming the first National Women's Team Manager having sole responsibility at all levels of the women's game in the UK. Sue has been captain and selector of numerous GB teams (both senior and junior) and led them to many successes during the 1980s, including reaching the final of the Fed Cup. Captaining the British team at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles is one of her many other highlights during this time. Sue was also the first ever female executive to be invited to serve on the Management Committee of the LTA.


The LTA and The ITF appoint Sue as Tournament Director of The Fed Cup in Nottingham this became the biggest Fed Cup ever staged with over 56 nations participating and one of the most successful in the events history attracting an audience of over 80,000 it also impacted on the way future tournaments have subsequently been staged.

Through her consultancy (SMC) Sue was approached by The Cliff Richard Organisation to establish and administer a tennis charity. This resulted in the establishment of the Cliff Richard Tennis Foundation. Since 1991, the Foundation has poured millions of pounds back into the grass roots of the game and introduced thousands of children to the game.


Sue was approached by The Duchess of York's Charity "Children in Crisis" to organise 'The York Challenge Cup', a unique one off events involved the ATP & WTA Tours and the LTA at the Docklands Arena.


Sue founded the online sport and leisure network - a website dedicated to encouraging people to work within the sport and leisure industry.

She is a regular media commentator on British tennis and a member of the Radio Wimbledon team at The Championships, Wimbledon.


Sue was asked by the LTA to carry out a review of community tennis. This wide ranging review was presented and accepted by the LTA Board and formed the basis of the Tennis Foundation strategy for the development of tennis across education; disability and community.

The Cliff Richard Tennis Foundation merged with the Tennis Foundation, the charitable arm of the LTA, and its combined strategy is to support and promote community tennis across Great Britain.


In September, Sue was appointed Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation. During her three years in this leadership role, Sue established this charity as a leading sporting body delivering innovative programs across all three sectors of tennis.


Since leaving the Tennis Foundation in August Sue has brought together a group of talented colleagues and established The Mappin Group combining all her skills, experience and vast network of global contacts gained throughout her career.

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