In an interview, the world no. 39 Joao Sousa shared he was approached to become a member of the ATP Player's Council but he had refused. "I was already approached by several people from ATP to be a part of the Player's Council since I speak several languages and I have friendships, but I never accepted," said Sousa.
"I'd rather focus on my career. It's not that I do not like it, but I do not want to get involved in more political questions," said Sousa, who speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese.
"No player wants to remove him from the ATP Presidency, but his contract ends at the end of 2019. The player's council is unhappy with some decisions taken by Chris Kermode, which do not favour us and so there is a certain unsatisfaction on him.
Players are not backing him to renew the contract. He took decisions in favour of the tournaments and not for players." At the same time, Sousa said he has full confidence in Novak Djokovic, Kevin Anderson, Yen Hsun-Lu, John Isner, Robin Haase, Sam Querrey, Jamie Murray, Bruno Soares, Vasek Pospisil and Stefano Travaglia, current members in the Player's Council.
"They are our representants and I trust the job they are doing to make tennis better and better for players. The player's council has our full support and I will agree with their decisions," concluded Sousa.