Novak Djokovic has explained why the Players’ Council, of which he is the Chairman, opted against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s advice to fire ATP Tour chief Chris Kermode.
“It was decided that it’s time for us to look into new leadership on the tour,” Djokovic said.
“I will not express my personal views as being for or against. By sharing that information, I expose myself and become liable to breach of confidentiality.
“I’m not willing to risk that. I respect the governing structure that is bigger than me. When you have three votes of the player board and three votes of the tournament board, the president is a tiebreaker in many voting circumstances.
“And in most of the cases, there is a conflict of interest. That is something I feel like, as a group, we need to address.”
Djokovic was pushed further on what major changes he felt was needed in tennis.
“It’s hard to define what all the major changes [we want] are,” he added.
“We are already experiencing major changes. But there are a lot of things happening internally that need to be addressed.”