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Kermode to step down as ATP president at end of year

Tennis This will end a tenure which brought record prize money but also growing complaints from lower-ranked players about their pay and travel schedules. Grand Slam Kermode’s contract was to expire at the end of the season and some players, including 17-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal, believed the 54-year-old Briton should have continued in the job. ATP Player Council Some members of the ATP Player Council, however, including its President and world number one Novak Djokovic, had said they wanted to see a change. BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells The Council met privately for over six hours on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells to discuss Kermode’s future. ATP Board Players’ representatives on the ATP Board failed to endorse Kermode at a meeting on Thursday, according to media reports. “It’s been a privilege to serve as ATP executive chairman and president since 2014 and I’m […]

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  Tennis This will end a tenure which brought record prize money but also growing complaints from lower ranked players about their pay and travel schedules Kermode s contract was to expire at the end of the season and some players including 17 times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal believed the 54 year old Briton should have continued in the job Some members of the ATP Player Council however including its President and world number one Novak Djokovic had said they wanted to see a change The Council met privately for over six hours on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells to discuss Kermode s future Players representatives on the ATP Board failed to endorse Kermode at a meeting on Thursday according to media reports It s been a privilege to serve as ATP executive chairman and president since 2014 and I m very proud of what we have achieved during this time Kermode said in the statement I would like to thank everyone at the ATP and all the players and tournaments for the support over the years I remain fully dedicated to the role for the remainder of my term and wish the organisation every success in the future While prize money is at an all time high and attendance and viewership of the ATP Tour has soared players like 24 year old American Jared Hiltzik the world number 355 have complained They said they cannot get into tournaments under new ATP and ITF rules It s tough Playing some of the best tennis of my life right now and at 350 I can t get into any challengers he wrote on Twitter referring to the ATP Challenger Tour which is a step below the ATP World Tour At this point in my career is it worth it to play futures Or am I just taking away opportunities from other players who are just starting out he said referring to the entry level International Tennis Federation s Futures tournaments Possible replacements for Kermode include 42 year old American Justin Gimelstob an ATP board member and former player who won the Australian and French Open mixed doubles titles in 1998 OLAL
Kermode to step down as ATP president at end of year

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This will end a tenure which brought record prize money but also growing complaints from lower-ranked players about their pay and travel schedules.

Grand Slam

Kermode’s contract was to expire at the end of the season and some players, including 17-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal, believed the 54-year-old Briton should have continued in the job.

ATP Player Council

Some members of the ATP Player Council, however, including its President and world number one Novak Djokovic, had said they wanted to see a change.

BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells

The Council met privately for over six hours on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells to discuss Kermode’s future.

ATP Board

Players’ representatives on the ATP Board failed to endorse Kermode at a meeting on Thursday, according to media reports.

“It’s been a privilege to serve as ATP executive chairman and president since 2014 and I’m very proud of what we have achieved during this time,” Kermode said in the statement.

“I would like to thank everyone at the ATP, and all the players and tournaments for the support over the years.

“I remain fully dedicated to the role for the remainder of my term and wish the organisation every success in the future.”

ATP Tour

While prize money is at an all-time high and attendance and viewership of the ATP Tour has soared, players like 24-year-old American Jared Hiltzik, the world number 355, have complained.

ATP and ITF

They said they cannot get into tournaments under new ATP and ITF rules.

ATP Challenger Tour

“It’s tough. Playing some of the best tennis of my life right now and at 350 I can’t get into any challengers,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to the ATP Challenger Tour, which is a step below the ATP World Tour.

“At this point in my career, is it worth it to play futures? Or am I just taking away opportunities from other players who are just starting out?” he said, referring to the entry-level International Tennis Federation’s Futures


tournaments.

American Justin Gimelstob

Possible replacements for Kermode include 42-year-old American Justin Gimelstob, an ATP board member and former player who won the Australian and French Open mixed doubles titles in 1998.


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