Anderson elected to ATP body
Johannesburg - South African tennis ace, Kevin Anderson, has been elected to the ATP Player Council.
The new ATP Player Council, selected by ATP player members, was announced at the pre-Wimbledon player meeting.
“I am honoured to have been chosen by my fellow professionals to serve on the Player Council," Anderson said.
"I see the election as an important responsibility and I will give my best to serve the players interest and assist our game in areas which need to be addressed and to promote the game to new levels.”
The council includes returning players Roger Federer, Jarkko Nieminen, Eric Butorac and Andre Sa (served 2002-2004), as well as a number of new faces, including Anderson, elected for a two-year term to represent the ATP player membership.
They will have their first meeting in New York prior to the US Open, where the president and vice-president will be elected.
The council meets several times a year and makes recommendations to ATP management and the board of directors through the three player board representatives, whom the council elect.
"The ATP Player Council plays an incredibly important role in the governance of the ATP, with a seat at the table all year round, helping to make decisions that affect the operation of the ATP World Tour," said ATP executive chairperson and president Brad Drewett.
“The players who serve give a significant amount of their personal time, more than people may realise.
"The men’s game is driving the unprecedented popularity and commercial success of the sport today, and I believe the opportunities ahead of us are very exciting.”