Federer: Kermode Could Stay On With ATP After Gimelstob Exit
Roger Federer "suggested" outgoing ATP President & Exec Chair Chris Kermode "could return to the ‘mix’ to stay on as men's tennis chief" beyond '19 after Justin Gimelstob’s exit from the ATP BOD, according to George Bellshaw of METRO. Federer: "I don’t know exactly the process, when the votes are happening, when the new CEO, all this stuff gets decided." He added Kermode "should be put back ... in the mix." Federer: "But then again I don’t know if he would want to be after everything that happened. Sometimes when these things happen, it is like, 'okay, I had a good run, and it’s okay to go.' So I don’t know" (METRO, 5/5).
DEFINITIVE DISSENT: Tennis player Stan Wawrinka in a letter published Friday in the London Times wrote, ''Politics have overshadowed the action on the courts.'' The AP's Howard Fendrich noted Wawrinka "decried his sport's 'worrying decline in moral standards' and outlined several aspects of the ongoing drama enveloping the men's tour." He also "slammed the representatives on the board and the player council, saying the problem is not with the governing structure but the caliber of the people in positions of importance." Wawrinka: ''There is no place in our sport for those who behave like Justin. The lack of responses from people involved in the game ... was alarming.'' Wawrinka also "referred to what he called a 'concerted plot' to oust" Kermode. Wawrinka: ''Many players feel that they were not represented properly throughout the last few months. ... I agree with them. I do not want to be associated with anyone who played a part in this" (AP, 5/3).