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Roger Federer refuses to offer Novak Djokovic support in ATP row

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Roger Federer was in “no mood to talk politics” when reporters asked him to comment on the growing chaos surrounding Novak Djokovic’s player council.

Djokovic voted to remove the organisation’s chairman, Chris Kermode from his position earlier this year and a seven-hour meeting last Friday saw four members of the council – Jamie Murray, Robin Haase, Sergiy Stakhovsky and coach Dani Vallverdu – quit their positions. Djokovic is the man to bear the brunt of criticism for the situation.

“Yeah, they had a long meeting,” Federer said. “I don’t know what was spoken in those seven hours. I have not spoken to Novak since, or yet, so… I don’t know what to tell you. I’m honestly not in the mood to talk politics. We’re on the second day of Wimbledon, and that is the last question you had about politics today. Other guys would like to talk about maybe forehands and backhands. But I respect your questions. No problem.”

Federer adds that he feels the political upheaval in the sport right now is wholly unnecessary.

“It’s definitely not a good situation,” he said, “and I think also it’s not like the tour is in a bad place. We have record numbers in terms of I’m sure prize money, attendance. Things are going well. Just seems on the political side we’re struggling a little bit to figure that part out.”

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