Melbourne - Rafael Nadal on Monday threw his support behind ATP Tour chief Chris
Kermode as he fights to save his job, and hit out at not being consulted
by the players' council over such an important issue.
Britain's Daily Telegraph reported at the weekend that a move was
under way to topple the Briton among a section of players unhappy at the
way the game is being run.
The ATP players council, headed by Novak Djokovic, met in Melbourne
on Saturday and reportedly voted 5-4 against Kermode continuing in his
role when his contract expires later this year.
Asked for clarity in a press conference Sunday, Djokovic attempted to
defuse the situation, saying: "I don't know where you got that
information, a 5-4.
"That information is completely confidential, so I can't speak about anything that we spoke about in that room."
Nadal said Djokovic had not been in touch to sound him out about Kermode.
"I am not in the council any more, and at the same time, nobody from
the council side came to me and asked me my opinion," he said after
cruising into the Australian Open second round.
"Was the first information I had that maybe Chris is not continuing.
But I suppose if some crucial decisions like this, I understand that
somebody from the council should come to me and ask my position."
Roger Federer agreed on Monday that somebody should have touched base with Nadal.
"Somebody needs to reach out to him, no doubt about it. For that we have player representatives," said the Swiss great.
"I anyway wanted to speak to Novak a little bit about the whole
situation. I also definitely want to speak to Rafa now that he's back on
"I just want to get the take and see how we can move the sport into the right direction moving forward.
"Not that there is any miscommunication and groups being built in
some shape or form. I don't know exactly what has been going on in that
"Look, it's a big decision-making time right now. I think it's important that Rafa, Novak, and me, we get together," he added.
Kermode has overseen big increases in prize money for players,
created new events, and supported new progressive rules for injured
But according to an email the Telegraph cited from ATP player
council member Vasek Pospisil there was a push for "a CEO that first and
foremost represents OUR interests".
The email added that "the governance structure of the ATP favours the
interests of the tournaments and its (their) owners ... It's time for a
change and it can be achieved by staying unified and demanding what we
deserve for our hard work".
Nadal said he didn't believe it was healthy to chop and change the ATP leadership.
"I believe that is not good to have changes all the time, because is
difficult to develop a good project of work if we have changes every
three, four years," he said.
"I believe that Chris probably did some good work out there, and I
don't see him doing negative things or enough negative things to not
continue in the position.
"In terms of the president thing, I believe will be good for the sport if he continues."