London - South African tennis ace Kevin Anderson was again
elected to the ATP Player Council.
The new ATP Player Council, as voted by players, was
announced on Saturday evening at the general player meeting at Wimbledon.
The council, elected for a two-year term, includes the
world’s top two ranked singles players Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, as well
as the likes of Gilles Simon, Kevin Anderson, Rajeev Ram and Sergiy Stakhovsky.
World No 1 doubles player Jamie Murray is also elected,
alongside his doubles partner Bruno Soares, meaning it will be the first time
that two brothers are to serve on the council at the same time.
Members elected by their peers to serve on the ATP Player
Council through June 2018 are:
Singles: Kevin Anderson, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Gilles Simon
Singles: Yen-Hsun Lu, Rajeev Ram
Doubles: Jamie Murray, Bruno Soares
• At-Large: Marcelo Melo, Sergiy
The new ATP Player Council will have its first meeting in
New York prior to the US Open, where thepPresident and vice-president will be
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairperson and President, commented:
“Congratulations to all those that have been elected to the new council. It’s
great news to have such a strong group of players involved as we look to take
the ATP World Tour to new heights in years ahead. I would also like to take
this opportunity to thank the outgoing council members, led by Eric Butorac as
president, for all their hard work and dedication over the past two years.”
Anderson commented: “I am truly honoured to be elected again
to the player council. We have a great group of players on the council for the
next two years! “
Djokovic said: “I am humbled to be elected by my colleagues
to be on the players council. It is a big responsibility and I know how much
all of us players care for our sport to thrive and grow. I see this as an
opportunity and I hope to fulfil the expectations of my colleagues."
Murray said: “It’s the first time I’m getting involved in
something like this and I’m looking forward to getting started with the rest of
the guys on the council. We’ve seen a lot of growth on the ATP World Tour in
recent years and hopefully we can continue that.”
Soares said: “I’m very happy to be elected for a second
time. These past two years were a great experience. We were able to learn a lot
and see the sport from a different perspective. I hope I can keep contributing.
The players have been very committed to helping to improve our sport, and I’m
happy to be a part of that.”
The ATP Player Council meets several times a year and makes
recommendations to ATP Management and the ATP Board of Directors through the
three player board representatives, whom the Council elects.
Earlier this week, Justin Gimelstob was re-elected by the
outgoing player council as player board representative from the Americas Group
Gimelstob will serve another three-year term starting
January 1, 2017.
The ATP Board of Directors comprises three player representatives,
three tournament representatives, and ATP Executive Chairperson and President