Andy Murray has been elected to the ATP Player Council following the Novak Djokovic-led resignations in September to form a breakaway union, the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).
It’s something I am very interested in, the governance of the game. I like the business administration side, it’s something that’s always kept me interested and engaged. John Millman
Djokovic was joined by Vasek Pospisil, John Isner, and Sam Querrey, resulting in four spots becoming vacant on the Player Council, with Murray one of those now stepping in.
Murray, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, Australian John Millman and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy were elected on Monday, joining 20-time Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on the Player Council.
The ATP was set up by players in 1972 to represent the men’s athletes, but its Board now includes representatives of tournament owners as well.
Besides the ATP and the women’s WTA, the sport is also controlled by the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slams.
World No ! Djokovic has described the PTPA as a platform for the views of the athletes that can co-exist with the ATP and claims it has already attracted the support of more than 200 players.
With several high-profile players such as Nadal and Federer remaining in their roles on the ATP Player Council, Djokovic said last month he was ‘unpleasantly surprised’ at the opposition from some players to his breakaway association.
In response to the formation of the PTPA, the governing bodies issued a joint statement calling for unity at a time when tennis is being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new members represent different groups of ranked players – Auger-Aliassime (1-25 Singles), Chardy (51-100 singles) and Millman (1-50 singles), with Murray (At Large) and all will begin their roles with immediate effect.
Murray, 33, is a former World No.1 who has captured 46 tour-level singles titles, while Auger-Aliassime, 20, is the youngest player in the Top 25 in the FedEx ATP Rankings at World No 22; Chardy, 33, is a French veteran who won an ATP Tour title at 2009 Stuttgart; and Millman, 31, has reached a career-high World No 33 and made the 2018 US Open quarter-finals.
Kevin Anderson, formerly the ATP Player Council’s Vice President, will serve as its President.
The current ATP Player Council now is as follows:
- 1-50 Singles: Kevin Anderson (P), Felix Auger-Aliassime, John Millman, Rafael Nadal
- 51-100 Singles: Jeremy Chardy, Yen-Hsun Lu
- 1-100 Doubles: Jurgen Melzer, Bruno Soares
- At Large: Roger Federer, Andy Murray
- Alumni Representative: Colin Dowdeswell
- Coach Representative: Brad Stine
“It’s something I am very interested in, the governance of the game,” Millman said earlier this year. “I like the business administration side, it’s something that’s always kept me interested and engaged.”