Andy Murray, Auger-Aliassime fill ATP Player Council member vacanciesOct 12, 2020
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Australia's John Millman and France's Jeremy Chardy were also elected to occupy four spots opened up by player resignations resulting from the creation of the Professional Tennis Players Association.
Published Oct 12, 2020
In late August, former ATP Player Council President Novak Djokovic and then fellow members Vasek Pospisil, John Isner and Sam Querrey resigned from their duties. Their decisions were spurred on by the creation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA)—led by Djokovic—which launched just before the start of the US Open.
On Monday, the ATP announced the four players elected to fill their vacancies. Among the selections included former council member Andy Murray, who joins Roger Federer in the “at large” category, and 20-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, the youngest player to serve. Auger-Aliassime fills the 1-25 singles slot, with John Millman chosen for the 1-50 Singles and Jeremy Chardy the 51-100 Singles, respectively.
Kevin Anderson, currently in his fourth term, will serve as President. He was previously Vice President under Djokovic and provided his insight on the PTPA’s formation during Roland Garros.
“I personally believe that the two entities can't coexist. We have our structure how it is,” he said. ““I think there's still more to, I guess, find out. Unfortunately I wasn't privy to any of those conversations, so I don't understand what their long-term strategy is, how they're going to go about it.
“I feel like there's a lot that needs to be better. I've always said that. I feel like we've managed to accomplish a lot within the structure. I feel like the new management that's come in, their vision is really exciting. As a current council, we're putting the pressure on, saying, We are supporting you, but we definitely expect you to get this through.”
The rest of the player council boasts Rafael Nadal, Yen-Hsun Lu, Jurgen Melzer and Bruno Soares. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 1, the day before the main draw of the Paris Rolex Masters begins.