Kevin Anderson replaces Novak Djokovic as President of thee ATP Players Council. Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil, at the end of August, were the protagonists of the sensational schism within the ATP Players Council, after having decided to create their independent association of players, the PTPA, dissociating as a consequence of the discontent of the past months from the Players Council and from the positions of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal On that occasion, four players had left the ATP Players Council: in addition to the number 1 and Pospisil, also US players John Isner and Sam Querrey had left their roles within the official ATP body to follow the Serbian champion.
Instead, the names of the players who have gone to fill these wandering places have been now disclosed. Andy Murray, Felix Auger-Aliassime, John Millman and Jeremy Chardy will be the ones entering the players council. Andy Murray will be included in the at large category with Roger Federer.
South African Kevin Anderson has already taken command of the Players Council during Roland Garros.
Kevin Anderson's words
The South African played said: "I personally believe ATP Players Council and PTPA cannot coexist.
We have our structure as it is. I think there is still a lot to understand. Unfortunately I was not aware of any of these conversations, so I don't understand what the their long-term strategy. I feel like there is a lot to improve.
I've always said that. I think we've been able to achieve a lot within the structure. I think the vision of the new management is really exciting. current advice, we are lobbying, saying: We are on your side, but we expect you to be able to pull it off.
" At the end of August Pospisil clarified his position with a statement: "It is now clear that as a member of the Players Council within the current structure of the ATP, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to have any significant influence on any important decision made by the our tour."
ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi allegedly responded to the letter sent by dissident players, warning that a schism of this kind is not to be taken lightly, as it could pose a threat to the very existence of the ATP. Gaudenzi would go on to say that the association would not obtain official recognition from the tournaments and would risk throwing away what the players already have, namely representation on the board of directors.