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After Six Years On ATP World Tour Players Council, President Federer Retires






Roger Federer officially tendered his resignation as long-serving president of the ATP World Tour Players Council at the special Wimbledon meeting on Friday evening but there will continue to be a Swiss presence on the highly influential body that has forced massive increases in prize money for lower ranked players who tend to lose in the early rounds of Grand Slam events.

Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will follow his close friend Federer onto the council but Frenchman Gilles Simon is favorite to succeed as the new president when elections take place at the New York meeting prior to the US Open in a couple of months’ time.

After serving as president since 2008, Federer feels the time is right for a change and with two sets of twins, he feels the time he can dedicate to the Players Council is now limited. But he said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it. The last six years have been a lot of fun, although it's been tough at times with the debates, the talks, the meetings and everything that surrounds it.

“Overall I think we've done quite well. I think I'm proud that I was able to lead by example.  I have a very busy life, probably one of the busiest lives of a tennis player, with the family, media, sponsors, you name it, and I still found time to do the job.”

Federer has clearly enjoyed the cut and thrust of the political side of the job and had a major influence in the appointment of three new ATP executive chairmen; Adam Helfant, the late Brad Drewett and current incumbent Chris Kermode.

“Clearly we made big strides in prize money over the last sort of six years,” he said.  “I think we were able to calm things down a little bit, because things were quite hectic when I came onto the council.  The board had to go.

“Ever since then, I think we've had the same board for six straight years.  The stability has been very important for the tournaments, for the players, for the council, for the board.  It's just been nicer to work this way.”

But Federer admitted his schedule has become tighter in recent months. “I feel my time is a good time to go now,” he said.  “Because I feel if I can't put in 100% effort every single time when I go to the meetings. Then if I start missing meetings, that's not the way I'll do it.

“So I think it's a good time for someone else to lead, for someone else who is super excited to step in and do it now.  I actually saw there were a lot of people that wanted to do it, which is great.

“Anyway, I'll be around.  If they need my opinions or help in any way, I'm still there.  But I think it's a good time to move on for me for now.”

The council is now as follows;

(Singles 1-50) Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Gilles Simon, Stanislas Wawrinka
(Singles 51-100) Jurgen Melzer, Sergiy Stakhovsky
(Doubles) Raven Klaasen, Bruno Soares
(At large) Eric Butorac, Andre Sa
(Alumni) Yves Allegro
(Coach) Claudio Pistolesi


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