Downey accepts regular scrutiny
New Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Michael Downey knows he will face regular scrutiny in his bid to improve British tennis at performance and participation level.
Downey inherits one of the toughest jobs in British sport after years of criticism over the organisation's failure to make the most of its annual multi-million pound Wimbledon subsidy.
Many of the challenges are similar to those faced in Canada, where Downey has operated as Tennis Canada president for the last nine years, but there is one major exception.
"This sport has far more importance in Britain than in Canada," said Downey, who was selected ahead of over 350 applicants, 30 of whom were interviewed.
"The expectation will be higher of myself in this position."
The LTA was labelled "useless" by Baroness Billingham, chair of the All Party Tennis Group, earlier this year, but Downey sees an opportunity.
"I wouldn't have joined an organisation if I thought it was useless," Downey added.
"I really do believe this is a great organisation, but great organisations can get better and need to continually get better.
"The mission is to help get more people playing tennis more often.
"A critical part of that mission is continued high-performance success for British tennis.
"Andy Murray's biggest contribution to tennis in Britain is winning. That's when kids are going to go out, pick up racquets and want to be Andy Murray.
"And I believe there's a bevy of young talent that's coming up in Great Britain that is going to follow Andy Murray to the podium."
Some of Baroness Billingham's displeasure came following the disclosure of the salary paid to Downey's predecessor.
Roger Draper leaves his £640,000-a-year plus benefits job at the LTA at the end of this month after more than seven years' service.
Downey, who will begin his role on January 6, 2014, with chief operating officer Nick Humby leading the executive in the interim period, will earn a salary of £300,000.
The Canadian will also have the opportunity, should "stringent" performance criteria be met, to earn a bonus of up to 30 percent (£90,000).
He takes over an organisation threatened with a funding cut of more than £10million from Sport England if it fails to increase participation.
LTA chairman David Gregson insists the organisation will continue to work with Sport England, whatever the result of the imminent funding review.
Gregson told Press Association Sport: "I cannot thank them enough for the support and encouragement that they've given to us as we've sought to improve our participation programmes.
"There's much more to be done, but the progress that we've made I'm thrilled by. And I do believe Sport England really want us to succeed.
"Whatever happens with the funding round, Sport England is a critical partner for the LTA, because they understand how sport is delivered around the country in 46 sports.
"There are many lessons to be learned from other sports and we're applying those now."