’We are together!’ – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer team up to drop huge bombshell on Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have announced they will be joining forces to essentially attempt to battle Novak Djokovic on the ATP Players Council.
It has been a controversy-laden year for the Serb, who chairs the council and played a crucial role in ousting ATP chief Chris Kermode.
That was a move that angered both Nadal and Federer, who both publicly came out in support of Kermode.
They were not alone either, with Jamie Murray – among others – resigning from the council claiming unnamed parties were using positions of influence ‘for personal gain’.
“We (he and Federer) decided to be together out there,” Nadal explained after his 6-3, 6-4, win over Guido Pella at the Rogers Cup. “I will not be alone there. He will not be alone there.
“Both of us can [combine to] be a good power, good help for the sport in some way — hopefully in a better way.
“We are here to help and to know a little bit better what’s going on. Last year have been some up and downs in a lot of things.”
“[There have been some] tough moments in terms of discussions — a lot of important things to have to be done.
“I will try and give my opinion after more than 15 years on the tour. I can probably give a different perspective on how the game has to be or things that we can add.
“It’s just trying to help the game to be better. If I am there, I believe that I can be helpful.”
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