Federer and Nadal return to ATP Player Council

Vastavam web: The political rumblings in men’s tennis took another twist on Thursday when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were elected on to the ATP Player Council along with Austrian Juergen Melzer. The news followed the resignations of Robin Haase, Jamie Murray and Sergiy Stakhovsky before Wimbledon following a seven-hour meeting to thrash out a range of issues including a replacement for former player representative Justin Gimelstob.

Friction has dogged the ATP Player Council, whose president is world number one Novak Djokovic, this year since ATP president Chris Kermode failed to gain support for another term. Gimelstob was one of those who sided against Kermode but resigned in May after coming under pressure to do so after pleading no contest to an assault charge.

Swiss Federer, 20-times Grand Slam champion, is a former president of the Player Council while Spaniard Nadal, who has won 18 majors, quit his vice-president role in 2012. The player council, which represents the players in the ATP’s joint governance structure, consists of 12 members, including six members of the world top 100 in men’s singles.