There has been a lot of talk about the ATP Player Council in recent weeks. The case that attracted the attention of the media was the one linked to the exclusion of Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil. The Serbian champion, despite the creation of the PTPA and the resignation presented in August, had been nominated by his colleagues to return to the Council but a law approved by the top tennis leaders prohibited him from participating in the elections.
The rule, in fact, prevents the members of other organizations (clear the reference to the PTPA, ed) of the players from being part of the Council. Djokovic himself spoke on the matter and expressed his opinion. "First of all I would like to say that as always I am grateful for the support and trust shown to me by those who have appointed me to defend the collective interests of the players on the board.
However, a few days after my nomination the ATP pushed through a new rule that put me in a complicated position, stating that members of the PTPA or any association seen as having a conflict of interest with the ATP would not they can be elected to the Player Council.
Given these latest developments, I feel the need to withdraw my name from the shortlist. I don't want to create conflicts or cast shadows on the election of my fellow players."
The new ATP Player Council: Federer and Nadal are there, Simon is back
A few days after the letter published by Djokovic on his social profiles, the ATP has announced the names of all those who will be part of the new Player Council 2021-2022.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, John Millman and Felix Auger-Aliassime will represent the players who occupy the top 50; while Pablo Andujar and Gilles Simon those who have a position between the fifty-first and the hundredth.
The Frenchman will therefore return to the players' Council after his previous experiences. The top 100 doubles players will be represented by Bruno Soares and Marcus Daniell, the latter being the first term ever. Kevin Anderson and Andy Murray were then included in the At-Largecategory.
Finally, Daniel Vallverdu will represent all the coaches. The new ATP Player Council will meet for the first time in the new year, when the President and Vice-President are elected. The greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world. Roger Federer, after he said he will not play the Australian Slam, should come back on the court, for the joy of his fans, at the end of February or at the beginning of March.