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World No 1 Novak Djokovic has branded the ATP

Novak Djokovic labels ATP’s governance structure ‘unacceptable’ after meeting that led to resignation of three members from Player Council including Jamie Murray

  • Novak Djokovic has described the ATP’s governance structure as ‘unacceptable’
  • Jamie Murray, Robin Haase and Dani Vallverdu stepped down following meeting
  • Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky later announced his resignation on social media
  • Djokovic admits he considered stepping down as president of the Player Council
  • However, the 32-year-old feels he can still make a contribution in the position
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Novak Djokovic has branded the ATP’s governance structure ‘unacceptable’, after a seven-hour Player Council meeting on Friday night prompted the resignations of four members including Jamie Murray.

World no 1 Djokovic said he has considered his future as President of the council and admitted his team want him to quit because his role is going against his tennis.

In light of Murray, Robin Haase, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Dani Vallverdu stepping down following a lengthy and unfinished meeting at the All England Club, Djokovic said that the system ‘keeps on failing’ the player representatives. 

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has branded the ATP's governance structure 'unacceptable'

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World No 1 Novak Djokovic has branded the ATP’s governance structure ‘unacceptable’

Jamie Murray stepped down after the meeting along with three other senior professionals

Jamie Murray stepped down after the meeting along with three other senior professionals

Jamie Murray stepped down after the meeting along with three other senior professionals

Among the main issues were that the council have no voting rights, and therefore struggle to ‘really accomplish anything’, and also a string of leaks of information from meetings this year.

‘I did consider also stepping down,’ he said.

‘I think my team wants me to step down, honestly. It’s obvious. 

Djokovic considered stepping down as president of the council but elected to continue

Djokovic considered stepping down as president of the council but elected to continue

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Djokovic considered stepping down as president of the council but elected to continue 

‘I feel something is telling me from inside that I’m supposed to still stay there because I feel that we are part of the big transitional phase in tennis at the moment. Having a top player, I feel it means a lot to the group. 

‘I still feel I can make my contribution. Even though it goes against probably my schedule, certainly tennis at times, but I feel there is a greater good, I guess. That’s why I’m there.’ 

On Friday’s meeting going on so late just three days before a Grand Slam, he said: ‘For all of us taking part in this tournament, staying for seven hours and not going through the whole agenda yet, is quite tiring. 

‘I think in any industry, having seven-hour meetings regularly is unacceptable because it’s not efficient. Obviously it says enough about the efficiency, which lacks obviously.’

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In a strongly-worded statement on social media announcing his resignation, Ukrainian player Stakhovsky said: ‘It is very sad to see that personal gain and vendettas are at the heart of such a big disconnection in the players council.’