Rafael Nadal was on Thursday announced as one of the new members of the ATP Player Council and will serve until the end of the existing term which runs through to Wimbledon 2020.
The player council meets several times a year and makes recommendations to the ATP board on the direction they feel tennis should take.
Joining Rafa as new board members are Roger Federer and Jurgen Melzer.
The next Player Council meeting is scheduled in New York prior to the US Open. The ATP Player Council is comprised of the following:
• 1-50 Singles: Kevin Anderson (Vice President), John Isner, Rafael Nadal, Sam Querrey
• 51-100 Singles: Yen-Hsun Lu, Vasek Pospisil
• 1-100 Doubles: Jurgen Melzer, Bruno Soares
• At Large: Novak Djokovic (President), Roger Federer
• Alumni: Colin Dowdeswell
• Coach: TBD
Our champ was first voted onto the council by his peers in June of 2008, and was re-elected for a second two-year term in June 2010. In 2012, Rafa resigned as the vice president from the ATP Player Council. At that time he said he no longer give a full effort to the position.
I have been there for a couple of years. I really don’t know how to do things without put my 100%. So if I go to play golf, I try my best in every moment. If I go to the player council, you know, I try my best in the player council. I put all my energy there. So last year at the end of the season, you know, was a lot of things there. You know, finally I believe I put too much energy there. I am happy to represent my players there for the last couple of years. I believe that we did few things well for the sport. I believe it’s not enough. So today I believe that I am not the right one to keep working there. So I think another people can do better than me today.
Why did Rafa change his mind? Did he make the right move to join the ATP Player Council again?
Source: ATP Tour