Novak” djokovic> commented on how the player council works. The Serbian player, who has been running the Council since 2016, said: “We have to remember the Council is only part of the structure of the ATP. Players and tournaments are the 50 percent of the structure.
Management of the ATP usually brings the agenda prior to the meeting and tries to inform the players of what’s happening. We are proposing several things for the meeting in New York and the last two ones have been quite a marathon, like six or seven hours.
Now it’s been six or seven years in total that I am part of the Council, I experienced different groups and in terms of communication this one has been the best. We get together in a conference call or WhatsApp group or whatever it is, in different ways of communicating, at least once a week, so we are quite involved and active and we understand the different dynamics of what happening in the tennis world.
I cannot speak myself what are the goals of the Council. I am the President of the Council so I have that privilege but I have to confront with the rest of the group. This group is better than any I have been part of, as I said.
It’s not a primary job. We play tennis and we volunteer to spend our time in the Council. Whether players can be or maybe should have a stronger position, I am always for that. We will see what future brings.” Djokovic will now focus on trying to retain his Cincinnati title.
Djokovic opens his run against the American Sam Querrey, then he could meet another American, John Isner in the third round and Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals. Djokovic is set to play against Roger Federer or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals.