Former world number one Andy Murray and three others were elected to the ATP Player Council to replace the Novak Djokovic-led group. Djokovic, along with Pospisil, Isner, and Querrey, resigned as president of the ATP Player Council before the US Open to form a new organization.
They resigned from the body to form a breakaway union, announced on Monday by the governing body of men’s tennis. Andy Murray, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, Australian John Millman, and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy will succeed Djokovic, John Isner, Vasek Pospisil Sam Querrey as announced by the governing body of men’s tennis.
Djokovic and PTPA
They had stepped down to join the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). Many renowned players are in support of the association. The PTPA would be player-oriented, and it would revolve around, providing a better platform for players to raise their opinion and concerns regarding the game.
Many high-profile players like Nadal and Federer have stayed on the ATP Player Council in their positions. However, Djokovic said last month that he was “unpleasantly shocked” at the resistance to his breakaway Tennis Players Association from some players.
The World Number one has reiterated that the PTPA wants to co-exist with governing bodies while providing a platform for players to be better heard on decisions affecting their livelihoods. Moreover, the ATP was set up by players in 1972, but now it includes the tournament owners’ representatives, which is at the cost of players’ livelihood.
The sport is also governed by the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slams boards, besides the ATP and the women’s WTA. The PTPA, which he (Djokovic) said had already attracted the support of more than 200 players, was described by Djokovic as a forum for athletes’ opinions that could co-exist with the ATP.