American Sam Querrey has confirmed that he has resigned from his position on the ATP Players Council and supports the new players association set up by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil. Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil announced plans to set up the Professional Tennis Players Association over the weekend and more than 60 players signed up for the group.
Both of them, along with John Isner, had also resigned from their positions on the ATP Players Council.
American Sam Querrey confirms resignation from the ATP Players Council
Now, Querrey has also resigned from his position on the ATP Player's Council and is supporting the new player's association.
Speaking after his 6-4 7-6(7-6) 6-2 defeat to Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round of the US Open, Querrey said the players have been wanting an association for many years now and this will be a good starting point for them.
“I’m not on the council anymore, I’m for the association. I think ultimately it will be a good thing to have an association. The guys have wanted it for 20 years. Hopefully the ball is rolling and this will be the first step and it can get some traction, get some fundamentals down, get some bylaws.
I’m hoping with the bylaws, and attorneys, someone else will tell me how it (working with the ATP) will work." The American said his decision to resign from the ATP Players Council was also influenced by the fact that his term was supposed to end a few months ago and that he wanted to devote more time to his family and new son at home.
He was one of the players who had signed a letter as part of the remaining members of the ATP Players Council, initially objecting to the new players association when news first broke out of the proposal to launch an association.
Several big names, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are both on the Players Council as well, have opposed the new association Sam Querrey is currently ranked No. 45 in the world but has been ranked as high as No.
11 in the past. He has won 10 ATP singles titles in his career so far. His best performance in a Grand Slam singles event came at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, where he reached the semifinal by beating the then World No. 1 Andy Murray, of Great Britain.