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Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Player Council elections because of ‘conflict of interest’

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the ATP Participant Council elections with a “very heavy coronary heart” after it was deemed his function within the Skilled Tennis Gamers’ Affiliation (PTPA) was a battle of curiosity.

The world No. 1 stop as president of the ATP Participant Council in August as he co-founded the PTPA with Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

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Djokovic then final month surprisingly introduced he had been nominated for a return to the council for the 2021 season, however on Monday revealed he wouldn’t be eligible attributable to a brand new ATP rule.

“I wish to provide you with an replace with reference to my notification for the subsequent ATP Participant Council elections,” Djokovic posted on Instagram and Twitter.

“I wish to first say, as at all times, I’m honored by the continued assist and confidence proven by those that nominated me to as soon as once more serve our collective participant pursuits on the council.

“My first response to this nomination was to just accept it with the intention that, if elected, I might do my finest to guard gamers’ pursuits inside the ATP.

“Nevertheless, a couple of days after my nomination the ATP handed a brand new rule which has put me in a tough place. This new rule specifies that each one members of the newly shaped Skilled Tennis Gamers’ Affiliation or any affiliation that’s deemed as having a ‘battle of curiosity’ can’t be elected as a member of the Gamers Council.

“As you recognize, I’m a part of the PTPA, a corporation that was lately created with no intention of being in battle with the ATP.

“The PTPA has but to be structured with its technique and long-term imaginative and prescient but to be clearly outlined, and though the PTPA has made it clear it doesn’t intend to be combative, it’s unclear how the ATP will view the affiliation sooner or later.

“Sadly, given these newest developments I really feel it’s now essential to take away my identify from the checklist of candidates. I don’t want to create battle or uncertainty across the participant elections or create any points that will come up.

“I do that reluctantly and with a really heavy coronary heart. I’m, and at all times have been, very passionate relating to representing my friends on the council.

“I really imagine there’s a path ahead that may vastly enhance the lives of many gamers, particularly the decrease ranked, and have a strong and constructive affect on the game of tennis as an entire. I’m assured that the PTPA will obtain this within the close to future.

“Earlier than concluding, I want to talk that this can be very essential that we wouldn’t have conflicts of curiosity in our sport.

“I hope that, going ahead, this isn’t solely utilized to the formation of latest associations on the participant degree however additional utilized to all ranges inside the ATP construction.”

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