Novak Djokovic wins ATP battle as Chris Kermode exits: Federer and Nadal won't be happy

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Kermode has been in the role since the beginning of 2014 but his position was under pressure as players like Novak Djokovic wanted more control.

But Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were happy with the job Kermode had done and wanted him to stay.

However, the players’ representatives on the ATP board failed to endorse Kermode.

And his tenure will now finish at the end of 2019.

Kermode said in a statement: “It’s been a privilege to serve as ATP Executive Chairman & President since 2014 and I’m very proud of what we have achieved during this time.

“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.”

In a statement on the ATP website, Kermode has overseen “record prize money and commercial growth for the organisation, while attendance and viewership of the ATP Tour has soared”.

His role in adding Emirates as an ATP Premier Partnership sponsor was also hailed.

Speaking on Wednesday, Nadal said he wanted Kermode to continue in his role because of the big decisions coming up in men’s tennis.

“I believe in long-term projects,” Nadal said.

“I am not a very big fan of changing things very often.

“I really think there’s a lot of things to do – we need to sign a contract for the World Tour Finals, and there’s a new ATP Cup.

“When you change, you go through a process. A new president needs time to know all the things and create a team, so in my opinion, changing the president will stop the process of improving our sport. I personally believe Chris did a good job.

“He is a good guy, who did good things for our sport and it would be good if he stays for a while more.”

Before the decision about Kermode was made, Federer said he was reluctant to speak about the issue publicly.

“I don’t think it matters what I say right now because it won’t change the outcome and this is politics, this is tennis right now,” he said.

“They’re going through those motions and I don’t need to get involved, especially not in front of this group (of journalists) right now.”

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