April 23, 2021

Novak Djokovic: Looking for a new president of ATP will take time

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic commented on the fact that Chris Kermode will leave the post of ATP president at the end of the year.

“I would like to thank Chris for his work. He really helped the growth of tennis, there is no doubt about that. But our management structure decided that it was time to look for a new head of the Tour. I don’t want to say whether I was for or against. I am a member of The Council of Players, the President of the Council of Players, and I am responsible, must respect confidentiality. If I tell you something, I can take the place of it, and I don’t want to risk it, because I respect the governing body.

It will take time to find a new president, but we have many strong candidates. Personally, I believe that the current leadership structure has weaknesses. On many issues, the president has a decisive vote. We have three votes from player representatives, three votes from tournament representatives, and in most cases, there is a conflict of interest. The president finds himself in a difficult situation when he has to choose between two forces. I think you need to do something with it. I believe that the time has come to make changes in order to protect the president, relieve him of this pressure, add an independent look at the issues. I believe that for such a traditional sport it is very important that we have a huge business and marketing potential, and we can learn from other sports, “Tennis quotes Djokovic.

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