London, UK, 22 December 2015 | AP

Australia’s 12-time Grand Slam doubles champion Mark Woodforde has been appointed to the board of directors of the International Tennis Federation.

Woodforde, along with two-time major winner Mary Pierce who was also appointed on Monday, will serve a four-year term as an athlete member of the 15-person board, subject to ratification by the ITF general assembly next June.

The ITF earlier this year approved a change mandating athlete representation on the board.

Woodforde won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles – 11 with fellow Australian Todd Woodbridge and one with John McEnroe.

He also won the Davis Cup in 1999 with Australia.

ITF President David Haggerty says the two “will provide good insight into the needs of the players and help us to grow the game of tennis around the world.”

Pierce won two Grand Slam singles titles – the 1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open. The Frenchwoman also played on two Fed Cup-winning teams.