Novak Djokovic falls victim to ‘conflict of interest’ in Tennis



World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from this month’s ATP Player Council elections citing the governing body’s new rule that would make it a “conflict of interest” because of his role in the Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA). The Serb set up the breakaway PTPA on the eve of the U.S. Open in September and resigned as head of the player council but last month he confirmed that he had been nominated by his fellow professionals for the current elections which he accepted. However, the new ATP rule means he has had to withdraw.

“Unfortunately, given these latest developments I feel it is now necessary to remove myself from the list of candidates,” he wrote in a statement “I do not wish to create conflict or uncertainty around the player elections or create any issues that may arise.”

Novak Djokovic repeated the assertions he made several times this year that the PTPA wanted to co-exist with the sport`s governing bodies but the ball was now in their court. “The PTPA has made it clear it does not intend to be combative, it is unclear how the ATP will view the association in the future,” Djokovic said. He added that the PTPA was still in the formative stages but he was still keen to advance it to further the interests of all players, especially those in the lower ranks. The decision to form the PTPA blindsided many players with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal voicing their opposition.

2020 season ends on sad note

Rafael Nadal’s dream of a first ATP Finals title and Novak Djokovic`s quest for a record-equalling sixth vanished in defeats by Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem in two seismic semi-finals on Saturday.

As the curtain comes down on London`s 12 years as host of the ATP Tour`s prestigious season-ender, it would have been fitting for Nadal and Djokovic to face off for the 57th time in their glittering careers. But times are a changing, or so it seems, and Medvedev and Thiem had not read the script.

Nadal, seeking the one major pot missing from his vast collection of silverware, must have seen the door creaking open when Thiem produced a staggering fightback to beat Djokovic 7-5 6-7(10) 7-6(5) in a classic contest lasting almost three hours.

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