Tennis-Djokovic withdraws from ATP Player Council elections

(Reuters) - World number 1 Novak Djokovic stepped back from this month's ATP Player Council elections and spearheaded the new governing body rule that grants him due to his role in the Professional Tennis Players' Association (PTPA) would make a "conflict of interest".
The Serb established the breakaway PTPA on the eve of the US Open in September and resigned as chairman of the players' council. However, last month he confirmed that he had been nominated by his colleagues for the current election, which he accepted.
However, the new ATP rule means that he had to back off.
"In light of these latest developments, I unfortunately believe it is necessary to remove myself from the list of candidates," he wrote in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday:
"I don't want to create conflict or uncertainty about player choices or any issues that may arise."
Djokovic reiterated claims he had made several times this year that the PTPA wanted to coexist with the governing bodies of the sport, but the ball was now in their field of play.
"The PTPA has made it clear that it does not want to be combative. It is unclear how the ATP will see the association in the future," said Djokovic.
He added that the PTPA was still in the early stages, but he was still keen to move it forward to advance the interests of all players, especially those in the lower echelons.
The decision to create the PTPA blinded many players and Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal voiced their opposition.
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; editing by Ken Ferris)

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