There have been some remarkable results at Indian Wells not least Bianca Andreescus continuing meteoric rise but upsets in the boardroom are less edifying
Tennis continues to rock in the Californian desert. At the Indian Wells Open (which would like to be the sports fifth major), the on-court excitement of upsets in both draws had just about wiped out the lingering vapour trail from last weeks summary dismissal of the ATP chief, Chris Kermode, when a second minor tremor struck.
The three players representatives David Egdes, Justin Gimelstob and Alex Inglot who have spread bewilderment in tennis by effecting a palace coup few previously knew they wanted, are complaining now that their noble cause has been misrepresented.
Apparently, they were carrying out the will of the people well, the 10 people on the players council, an inner cabinet claiming to speak on behalf of their supposedly downtrodden members. And who want their sport back.
Egdes, who helped Kermodes downfall, says the media (of which he is part, as a boss at the Tennis Channel who also employ Gimelstob) have misrepresented their cause. So, in the interest of balance, here is some of what Egdes claimed in an overnight email, prefacing it with the haughty: There will be no further comments on this matter.
Egdes is surprised at the amount of coverage dedicated to this internal governance decision, adding: It has been disappointing to see the divisions and suspicions that have been stoked in that coverage.
Apologies. What we should have reported was: all is well, and the sacking of a widely admired and innovative administrator who has expanded the sport to the general satisfaction of players and fans over the past six years makes perfect sense at a time when tennis elsewhere is going through the sort of turmoil you would be hard pressed to find outside Westminster.
Egdes explains: All members of the player council, including the 10 current players, as well as the three player board representatives, have spent months discussing and debating the merits and concerns with renewing Chriss contract. He goes on to say we should not minimise their commitment and sacrifice after consultation across the game. Well done for doing your job.
It is worth adding at this point that we have heard in recent days that some of our greatest icons are interested in re-entering the political conversations and helping us and the council guide the next phase of this sports growth. This is fantastic news and all of us welcome them and their unique perspectives.
What he doesnt say is why the players council president, Novak Djokovic, or anyone else, did not have time to talk to these icons Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in particular before such a crucial vote. Federer pulled the carpet from under Djokovic on Tuesday by revealing, I tried to meet Novak on the deadline. Unfortunately, he had no time. Thats hard to understand for me. But it is OK. He certainly had a lot to do with the whole story.
If you enjoyed our content, we'd really appreciate some "love" with a share or two.
And ... Don't forget to have fun!