Federer: Djokovic Had No Time to Meet Ahead of Kermode Exit

Federer: Djokovic Had No Time to Meet Ahead of Kermode Exit
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Federer: Djokovic Had No Time to Meet Ahead of Kermode Exit

By: Francis Joseph

Roger Federer has revealed Novak Djokovic had no time to meet him prior to the vote that resulted in Chris Kermode’s departure as ATP executive chairman and president.

The ATP experienced record commercial growth and prize money since Kermode took office in 2014 but was voted out last week, with Player Council president Djokovic reported to have played a prominent role in the decision.

Federer attempted to meet with the world number one to discuss the situation prior to the vote, only to be told it would not be possible.

“I tried to meet Novak on the deadline. Unfortunately, he had no time. That’s hard to understand for me. But it is okay. He certainly had a lot to do with the whole story,” Federer, who previously served as Player Council president, told reporters.

“I asked him if he had time to meet me, it was so busy. He suggested that we see each other the day after, but everything was already decided. We have not met yet and the tournament has started.”

Chris Kermode’s tenure as ATP Executive Chairman and President will not extend beyond his current term which expires at the end 2019, the ATP announced on Thursday.

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