RTÉ Sport understands that the  Workplace Relations Commission is to investigate a complaint made against Tennis Ireland regarding the recruitment of Richard Fahey as the organisation’s new chief executive.

Fahey, a former Football Association of Ireland executive, was appointed to the position last month, but an unsuccessful candidate, Dave Miley, who has worked for the International Tennis Federation, has sought clarification on how the recruitment process was conducted.

The position was vacated by Des Allen earlier this year and 79 applications were submitted for the role which was advertised last summer.

The shortlist was eventually whittled down to three people, which included both Fahey and Miley.

Fahey is due to begin his new role in January.

The board at Tennis Ireland has defended the way the process was handled and released a statement to RTÉ, which read: “The appointment was made in a careful and considered way, looking at the needs of the sport, the needs of the organisation and the demands of the role.

“While the board acknowledges the disappointment of all the unsuccessful candidates, it is fully satisfied that in Richard Fahey it has selected a candidate as CEO who has the full range of skills and experience to take on the ambitions of Tennis Ireland and to deliver growth and success for the organisation, while working closely with clubs and their members.”