In press conference at the Australian Open following his loss to Milos Raonic in the second round on Thursday, Stan Wawrinka commented on Rafael Nadal saying that no one came to him to explain the situation involving several players pushing for Chris Kermode to leave the ATP Presidency as he backed Justin Gimelstob, who is alleged of abuse, to stay on the Board.
Wawrinka, who is supporting Kermode, said: 'For sure I was surprised that Rafa didn't know about it. That show the situation, how difficult it is right now. But, again, as I say now, there's a lot of things that came out in the press.
Now everybody's talking about it. The players are meeting here. I think it's going to go in the right direction, at least for all the player to talk and to have some ideas. I think the next big meeting is going to be around Indian Wells anyway.
That's where it all going to happen. At the end of the day, that's why there is a board and a council. It's for them to decide what's happening. About Justin, as long as, like all the other players said, he's not guilty, so as long as he doesn't get to the courts yet, it's tough to say something.'
Wawrinka also commented on the influence that Novak Djokovic can have: 'I think he's also the president of the council. He's the No. 1 player. He's the best player into this council. So for sure, if you look, he's at the head of the spot there.
But again, I think there's for sure a lot of talk going on. I'm pretty sure nothing happens here, so that's mean there is also some stuff that is putting on the stand, and that's everybody can think about it.
We will see. I think we can only see what's going to happen in the next few months.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title