Tennis the loser in feud between Novak Djokovic and Chris Kermode | Kevin Mitchell

The ousting of the ATP chairman, Chris Kermode, will leave a vacuum at the top of tennis at a time when strong leadership is required This is the story of a pointless coup. Engineered by Novak Djokovic and facilitated by a small group in the ATP players council, it has delivered up the head of the association, Chris Kermode, one of the most innovative administrators in sport, leaving tennis in a perilous limbo at the very time it needs strong leadership. There has been animus between the world No 1 and the executive chairman for years, which soured their working relationship to the point of collapse in Indian Wells, California, on Thursday, when three representatives each of the players and …