Larry Scott announced today that he would be leaving his post as CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, effective July 1st. Scott will instead be taking over the job of Pac-10 Commissioner upon the retirement of current commissioner Tom Hansen. Larry Scott began his work with the WTA in 2003, after a successful stint as COO of the ATP Tour. Over his six year tenure, Scott has been praised for his ability to raise the financial standing of the tour, increasing prize money and securing a lucrative sponsorship deal with Sony Ericsson worth over $88 million. Just recently he made another positive pronouncement about the financial health of the WTA Tour in the face of current economic worries. Scott’s time atop women’s tennis has not been without controversy, though, with recent developments such as on-court coaching and “Roadmap 2009″ receiving criticism from players and commentators. Many feel that on-court coaching eliminates the individual strategy component unique to tennis, and several players expressed displeasure at the tournament requirements in the new Roadmap, wanting more freedom in selecting their events.
There is no word yet on potential replacement candidates for Scott at the WTA.