Djokovic standing in ATP player council election… despite quitting in August

Novak Djokovic has put his hat in the ring to be re-elected to the ATP player council, despite quitting in August.

Djokovic, the world No. 1 from Serbia, was asked to stand down from the council – where he was serving as president – after co-founding the Professional Tennis Players’ Association with Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

Bizarrely, both Djokovic and Pospisil now want to return to the council despite repeatedly criticising the structure of the governing body of men’s tennis. The new council will be decided by the start of next season, with players voting before the end of December.

Bruno Soares, one of the current ATP Council members who will be standing for re-election, confirmed the 17-time Grand Slam champion’s name was on the election list. It’s also understood that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are seeking re-election.

Soares, the Brazilian doubles specialist who used to partner Jamie Murray, expressed his bafflement at Djokovic’s decision to stand after creating a breakaway group designed to represent players.

‘I saw the list,’ he said after he and partner Mate Pavic were beaten by Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers in a championship tiebreak at the ATP Finals. ‘Not only them. There is a bunch of people.

‘It’s quite interesting, because they resigned three months ago to go ahead with PTPA.

‘I don’t really know what’s going on on the PTPA. I was kicked out from their chat, I guess because I stayed in the player council, so I don’t know their ideas. I don’t know what they are doing. Don’t know much to be honest about them.

‘Yeah, I mean, I guess it’s quite interesting to see them running. Don’t really know, I mean, because we don’t hear from players. There is not like a political campaign that we hear players talking about what they are gonna do if they get elected.

‘So, yeah, I mean, I’m probably as shocked and curious as just like you guys with both of them resigning three months ago and then running again.’

Even though Soares is confused by their attempts to rejoin the council, he doesn’t think it would be ‘uncomfortable’ if they were re-elected.

‘I’m there, I’m running. I mean, Novak and Vasek, they were always very active on the council. And it’s nice. It’s good to have people. I think that’s the goal. All of us at the player council, we’ve got to work hard and make decisions for the best of the tour.

‘They decided to form PTPA. I guess all of us at the player council respect that. I mean, there is nothing against what they are trying. Is just I guess it doesn’t really go both ways, player council and PTPA, so they had to resign.

‘Like I said, right now I don’t really know what they would be doing if they get elected. I don’t think it’s gonna be uncomfortable. I think that’s the idea.

‘We are 10 guys at the player council. We are used to disagree in certain things, and that’s why it’s 10 guys to vote and discuss and decide what’s best for the players and for the tours.

‘Like I said, they are always very active and proactive, working for the players. So I guess if they want to go back, they want to try to help the players in the best possible way.’

Djokovic will be asked about his motivations after his round robin match with Daniil Medvedev later on Wednesday.

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