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Sources: Helfant is next ATP president

Updated: January 8, 2009, 2:22 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

Like the United States government itself, the ATP World Tour will soon be led by a Harvard-trained lawyer.

Several knowledgeable sources outside the organization that runs men's professional tennis confirmed Thursday that former top Nike executive Adam Helfant, 44, will succeed executive chairman and president Etienne deVilliers, who is stepping down after a turbulent 3½-year tenure.

Helfant's contract is not yet finalized. ATP spokesman Kris Dent would not ...

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