Luevano: 'Novak Djokovic has nothing against Shanghai, but...'


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Luevano: 'Novak Djokovic has nothing against Shanghai, but...'

Novak Djokovic has been re-elected as the ATP Player's Council President during the Rolex Shanghai Masters, and this may not be the happiest news in some ways for the tournament organizers as last year the Serb opposed to the possibility of Shanghai becoming a Super Masters event featuring an 11-day and 96-player main draw field, with first-round matches starting on a Sunday and the final taking place the following week on a Wednesday.

The Tournament Director Michael Luevano clarified Djokovic has a great relationship with Shanghai. 'He loves the tournament the way it is', Luevano said. 'He has nothing against the Rolex Shanghai Masters, he loves it.

But the players do not want to have more commitments to the one they currently have. But it's not specifically targeted to our tournament, but the issue is that players do not want to play more matches. There is a long calendar.

If there is one Masters to get bigger, I think it would be Shanghai. The ATP has to make the bigger events. Frankly speaking, probably the easiest Masters to get bigger would be Shanghai because Madrid and Rome are in the middle of the clay-court season and so it's very tricky.

The ATP needs to make the biggest events on the Tour bigger and more significant. We work with the player's council and we will never stop with trying to achieve our goals, we had a ten-year anniversary this year and we are the youngest Masters on the Tour and we will have to be around for a very long long time.

If we can convince players that this is the right thing for tennis, we will not go away. Hopefully, the Player's Council and the Tour gives the green light!' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title