In a press conference at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, Frances Tiafoe spoke about the ATP Chief Executive Chris Kermode leaving the Board after being replaced by Italian Andrea Gaudenzi at the end of the year. Tiafoe said: "Chris (and I, we) are really close.
I like Chris a lot. I like what he's done. Really unfortunate to see him go. Yeah, I think what he did here was great. I mean, I think a lot of guys have taken big positives from this, playing in this event. They have something to strive for rather than just trying to, you know, loosey- goosey around the tour.
You know, if I do well here, I can end here. It's kind of like the Final 8, not the Final 8, which is pretty good for the young guys. I think you see a lot of young guys playing well because of it. And also, watching these young guys, putting them on a pedestal, making them feel known, you know, it's not easy to get on the tour with Roger (Federer), Rafa (Nadal), Novak (Djokovic) unless you go for an outstanding run, which is not easy to take out these top guys.
If you go for a big run in a Major or a Masters Series, okay, but that may not be the case. "You have, for example, Mikael Ymer, won a ton of matches in challengers, doesn't really have as much recognition, but in the NextGen stuff he does because of that. You know, again, I'm sad to see Chris go, but I love Chris."