Assembly mars Djokovic’s Wimbledon prep

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Novak Djokovic has revealed he spent seven hours at an ATP Participant Council assembly that dragged on previous midnight as splits inside the sport had been thrashed out.

Getting ready to defend a Wimbledon title is arduous sufficient however males’s high seed Novak Djokovic says he has spent as a lot time prior to now few days taking part in politics as hitting tennis balls.

As president of the ATP Participant Council, Djokovic has had his palms full coping with the fallout from the resignation of ATP Board member Justin Gimelstob, who in April was sentenced to 3 years’ probation and 60 hours of group service on an assault cost.

Following a Participant Council assembly on Friday to vote on a substitute for Gimelstob, in addition to focus on prize cash, Dutch participant Robin Haase stop the Board.

Haase mentioned it had been an “unproductive” 12 months and the council had “not moved the sport ahead”. Andy Murray’s brother Jamie adopted go well with.

At his pre-tournament information convention Djokovic revealed the earlier evening’s assembly had gone on till midnight as splits inside the sport, widened by ATP chairman Chris Kermode being denied a contract extension in March, had been thrashed out.

“For all of us collaborating on this event, staying for seven hours and never going by means of the entire agenda but, is kind of tiring,” Djokovic instructed reporters on Saturday.

“However there’s a bigger image and bigger points that Robin was addressing. I believe it’s a system and a construction that retains on failing us. I’ve been saying this earlier than.”

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Djokovic mentioned he revered Haase’s decison to step down, saying the “leaking” of data from Participant Council conferences over the previous 10 months had been a contributory issue.

“That was a set off due to which Robin determined to step down, and lots of others,” mentioned the Serb, who’s bidding for a fifth Wimbledon title.

Djokovic, who in Could complained that “everybody holds me accountable for all the pieces that occurs in tennis for the time being”, says his crew would favor it if he stepped away and simply targeted on profitable extra grand slams.

“I imply, I’ve clearly thought of numerous choices. I did think about additionally stepping down,” 32-year-old Djokovic mentioned.

“I believe my crew desires me to step down, actually. It’s apparent. However I really feel one thing is telling me from inside that I’m speculated to nonetheless keep there as a result of I really feel that we’re a part of the large transitional section in tennis for the time being.

“Having a high participant, I really feel it means loads to the group.

“So I nonetheless really feel I could make my contribution, regardless that it goes towards most likely my schedule, actually tennis at instances, however I really feel there’s a better good, I suppose. That’s why I’m there.” 


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