Murray ties Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the council
Last Updated: 12/10/20 7: 14pm
Former world No one Andy Murray and three other people have been elected to the ATP’s Participant Council to replace the Novak Djokovic-led group who resigned from the entire body to form a breakaway union.
The governing body of mens tennis announced Murray, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, Australian John Millman plus Frenchman Jeremy Chardy will change Djokovic, John Isner, Vasek Pospisil and Sam Querrey, who walked down to form the Professional Tennis Gamers Association (PTPA).
Murray joins 20-time Grand Slam winners Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on the council and the new number of four will begin their roles along with immediate effect.
Djokovic resigned as head of the ATP Player Council before the US Open up, along with Pospisil, Isner and Querrey, to form the new organisation.
But several high-profile players such as Nadal and Federer have continued to be in their roles on the ATP Participant Council, and Djokovic said final month he was “unpleasantly surprised” at the resistance from some gamers to his breakaway Tennis Gamers Association.
The planet No 1 has reiterated the particular PTPA wants to co-exist with regulating bodies while giving the players the platform to be better heard upon decisions that affect their livelihoods.
The ATP has been set up by players in 1972 to represent the male sportsmen but its board now includes associates of tournament owners as well.
Besides the ATP and the can certainly WTA, the sport is also controlled with the International Tennis Federation and the planks of the four Grand Slams.
Djokovic described the PTPA, which he said has already drawn the support of more than 200 gamers, as a platform for the views from the athletes that can co-exist with the ATP.
In response to the development of the PTPA, the governing body had issued a joint declaration calling for unity at a time whenever tennis has been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.