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Federer, Nadal and Djokovic played a big role in the decision to suspend the ATP Tour

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ATP Tour has been suspended for the next 6 weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

TP Board Member Mark Knowles says that the Big Three of men’s tennis – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, played a big role in the decision.

Speaking to the Tennis Channel, Knowles says, “It has been a very challenging time. The world has changed for us, not just for tennis but globally over the last five days. There’s been a lot of conference calls trying to get everybody aligned.

“We are a very international sport so the way we are made up with tournament board reps, player board reps, player council members, our constituents, all the players, they are all over the world. So trying to get everybody together and come up with a unified decision, there are so many layers to this.

“Once you think you’ve got a handle on it, there’s a whole other element, whether it is prize money, pension, player commitment, media commitment. There are so many factors to this, it is going to take some time. But we feel like we have been out in front as the ATP Tour has been addressing all the issues.

“We’ve looked at almost everything and tried to be out in front the best that we could.”

Source: TennisWorldUSA

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