Novak Djokovic wanted the head of Chris Kermode, says Tiriac

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Novak Djokovic wanted the head of Chris Kermode, says Tiriac

In an interview with Tennis Magazin, Madrid Open owner Ion Tiriac spoke about Novak Djokovic being the President of the player's council. Tiriac said the Serb wanted the head of the ATP Chief Executive Chris Kermode who will be replaced by Italian Andrea Gaudenzi on January 1, 2020.

The Romanian said: "Djokovic comes from a very little country. He was much more hungry than others. He deserves respect for what he achieved. But I do not know what he wants in terms of politics. I do not understand it."

Tiriac also spoke about the future of tennis: "I have been in the sport for 65 years. Almost nobody in this environment is so old. I watched the generation of Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Roy Emerson. Everyone was excited about those players - the Australians, but also the Americans, who I do not even remember the names of.

But they were good enough to be in the Davis Cup final. The new guys replace the older ones! After the Australians, you had Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg, unbelievable players. So John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras. They were great athletes.

Becker brought tennis to another level in Germany. Now those younger players definitely have good chances. Zverev or Tsitsipas can become champions, but they are not alone. This year at Wimbledon, in a 128-player draw, there were probably four more players who we did not know that could have won the title. It's exactly the same with women. Women are no longer in the spotlight."