The rumors are true. Rafael Nadal confirmed yesterday that he has resigned as the vice president from the ATP Player Council. Nadal, who’s been in the middle of several issues of late, said he no longer give a full effort to the position.
“I have been there for a couple of years,” Nadal said. “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.”
Nadal has been outspoken about current tour problems like scheduling, ranking systems, on court time violations and leadership.
“I cannot still put in my 100% there in the player council,” he added. “I can be there just listening, but that’s not my style, no? I understand my period finish, and that’s it. No, no, I am not frustrated. I believe that we can do much more things than what we have done until the day that I left. My feeling is a great opportunity to improve the sport, because today the players are very unified. So, you know, there is always troubles there. I understand sometimes the trouble from the other part, from tournaments, but I don’t understand sometimes the trouble from our part, from the from our reps, no? So that’s all. No, no, no, I am not frustrated. I try my best. I go. I resigned to the player council knowing that I tried my best and I put all my effort to try to represent my players the players that I represent they are the top 25 players as good as I can. So today I feel that another player can do better than me, because I spend probably three, four years. We did things, but not enough. That’s my feeling.”
Nadal 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. Roger Federer remains the council’s president.
Nadal plays Wednesday night against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open Miami, a title the Spaniard has never won.
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