Former ATP Chief Chris Kermode Opens up on Novak Djokovic’s PTPA

Published 12/16/2020, 12:00 PM EST
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during his group stage match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Toby Melville


Just as the US Open was about to begin this year, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic left the ATP Players Council and formed the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association). The members of the PTPA include Novak Djokovic who is the outgoing president of the ATP Players Council and Vasek Pospisil. As decided, the duo will initially serve as co-presidents of the PTPA for a two-year period.

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The prime focus of creating this organization was to make the lesser heard players voice their opinions. They felt that the players who do not belong to the ‘top-notch’ category are given lesser importance. Due to these reasons, there have been tall claims in the past stating the ‘ATP isn’t for every player’.

ATP Chief: Not the First Time This Has Occurred

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Recently, while speaking to former ATP Chief, Chris Kermode, he elaborated on this matter and stated, “It’s not the first time this has happened. One of the things that comes about it is that sometimes decisions are made which are decided in a players council, they’ll have a vote in the players’ council. It gives a feeling than that, oh that will happen! But actually what happens is that the vote of the player council then goes to the board which is both sides. And then often they don’t get exactly what they want nor do the tournaments.”

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View of the Centre Court during Day Six of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Chris said, “I think there’s an element of frustration there. But I think it comes down to educating the guys about the system and why it’s beneficial. I don’t see that hitting in a major way. I think it’s a good message to be heard and everybody in tennis will listen. The needs of the number one player in the world are different from a player ranked 1000. That’s tough. Same as the masters 1000 tournaments are quite different from the masters 250.”

Players like Federer and Nadal have called for unity. They stated that working together is the right way to move forward. It’ll be interesting to see how things square up with regard to this issue. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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