There have being an outcry for support as the ATP Tour changes from hard courts to clay on the decision to oust Chris Kermode as men’s tennis chief continue to reverberate.
Serb Tennis King, Novak Djokovic who is the president of the council has been publicly criticised by great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for his role in the removal of the ATP CEO.
Kermode was voted out unanimously by ATP player board representatives David Egdes, Alex Inglot and the controversial Justin Gimelstob who cast his vote despite facing charges of battery in Los Angeles.
The council itself was locked at five votes apiece, with Djokovic the ringleader of those backing Kermode’s departure, but few outside the 10-man group have publicly supported the decision to remove him.
However, while the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nadal and Federer none of whom are on the council have openly voiced their displeasure, several lower-profile figures offered their support to Djokovic and co. at the Mouratoglou Open a second-tier Challenger event held at the academy of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou.