Giving an intriguing twist to the power struggle at the top of the men’s game of tennis, leading stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made a joint decision to stand for the ATP Player Council.
On Thursday, Nadal announced this news of the two greatest tennis players to fill the two vacancies caused by the resignations of Robin Haas, Jamie Murray, and Sergiy Stakhovsky prior to Wimbledon.
ATP President Chris Kermode was removed in March, while board member Justin Gimelstob resigned in May after being sentenced for assault and there were allegations about “vendettas” and “people out for their own gains” which led to his resignation.
Both Nadal and Federer who have won 38 Grand Slams in between them, voiced their concerns regarding the ousting of Kermode.
Rafael Nadal said about their joint decision, “We decided to be together out there. I will not be alone there. He will not be alone there. Both of us can (together) be a good power, good help for sport in some way – hopefully ina better way. We are here to help to know a little bit better what’s going on. Last year has been some ups and downs in a lot of things.”