Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hailed after shock ATP council decision

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On Thursday, it was announced Federer, Nadal and Jurgen Melzer had been elected by the existing members of the player council to fill the roles vacated following the resignations of Robin Haase, Jamie Murray and Sergiy Stakhovsky prior to Wimbledon.

Haase, Murray and Stakhovsky quit in frustration at the direction of the ATP after Chris Kermode was ousted at the start of the year.

Then Justin Gimelstob resigned after he entered a no-contest plea to a felony battery charge following an attack on businessman Randall Kaplan.

Federer and Nadal had voiced their unhappiness with the turmoil within the sport with world No 1 Novak Djokovic the current president of the council.

But now the ‘Big Three’ will be uniting to solve the problems.

“Well, the last couple of times have been some tough moments in terms of discussions, a lot of important things to have to be done,” Nadal said.

“So just to be little bit more informed about what’s going on and try to have a better knowledge of everything, try to give my opinion after more than 15 years on the tour.

“Probably I can give a different perspective of how the game have to be or things that we can add.

“That’s it, no? Is about just trying to help the game to be better. If I am there, I believe that I can be helpful.”

Vasek Pospisil represents players ranked between 51-100 in the rankings and is a strong advocate for more money in the lower reaches.

And the Canadian says he welcomes Federer and Nadal’s involvement.

“These guys, along with Novak, they’re the three greatest players of all time, and that carries a lot of weight,” Pospisil told the New York Times.

“If they’re aligned and in the same boat with the same goals in mind, there’s a lot that can be accomplished.

“I think all three of them have the right intentions for growing the sport and being on the same page.

“So I expect to see them working together, but at the same time, they’re three Goliaths in the sport, so the dynamic might be an interesting one to observe.”

Meanwhile, Murray tweeted: “Massive shout out to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for stepping up to join the ATP player council.

“Despite the sports current success we live in chaotic times.

“My biggest achievement on the council may well prove to be being part of the group of resignations that presented the opportunity for this to happen. Good luck!!!”



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