Federer, Nadal and Murray re-elected to player council as ATP schedule is released

Federer and Nadal are back on the ATP player council (Picture: Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have all been re-elected to the ATP player council, while the first three months of the men’s tennis 2021 season has finally been confirmed.

Federer and Nadal returned to the council in 2019 after a string of resignations under then president Novak Djokovic’s regime, while Murray rejoined after a host of players involved in forming the Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA) – including Djokovic – were urged to step down.

Djokovic had hoped to be part of the new-look council but was forced to withdraw from the race due to his ongoing role in the PTPA.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, Kevin Anderson, John Millman and Bruno Soares were also re-elected, while Gilles Simon returns to the council having served previous terms.

Pablo Andjar and Marcus Daniell will serve their first terms, while Colin Dowdeswell and Daniel Vallverdu will be the alumni and coach representatives.

The president and vice-president of the council will be decided in its first meeting in 2021 and the group will be in post until June 2022.

2021-22 ATP Player Council

1-50 Singles: Auger-Aliassime, Federer, Millman, Nadal
51-100 Singles: Andujar, Simon
1-100 Doubles: Daniell, Soares
At-Large: Anderson, Murray
Alumni Rep: Dowdeswell
Coach Rep: Vallverdu

Meanwhile, the uncertainty surrounding the ATP calendar has been brought to an end for the first quarter of the year.

The Australian Open, as expected, has been pushed back to the seocnd week of February, while a shortened ATP Cup will start on February 1.

Indian Wells is the biggest casualty of the opening stint of the season, although alternative dates are being assessed for the tournament to take place later in the year.

Murray will be involved in the first week of 2021 after receiving a wildcard to Delray Beach.

He has also been handed a wildcard for the Australian Open.

‘We welcome Andy back to Melbourne with open arms,’ Craig Tiley, tournament director of the Australian Open, said.

‘As a five-time finalist he has been an integral part of so many amazing matches and storylines in the recent history of the Australian Open.’

One man who won’t be involved is Federer.

ATP Calendar 2021 (Jan-Mar)

5 Jan – Delray Beach
5 Jan – Antalya
10 Jan – Doha (Australian Open qualifying)
31 Jan – Melbourne 1 & 2
1 Feb – ATP Cup
8 Feb – Australian Open
20 Feb – Cordoba
21 Feb – Montpellier
27 Feb – Rotterdam
27 Feb – Buenos Aires
6 Mar – Doha
6 Mar – Santiago
7 Mar – Marseille
13 Mar – Acapulco
13 Mar – Dubai
22 Mar – Miami

It is the first Australian Open main draw Federer won’t have been a part of since 1999 when he lost in the first round of qualifying.

He admitted earlier this month that he was in a ‘race against time’ to be fit for the first Grand Slam of the year but ultimately lost that race.

Federer has not played since January because of two knee operations but is expected to return in late February.

His agent, Tony Godsick, said Federer would look to return in ‘late February’.

Of the options available Rotterdam – where he became the oldest No. 1 in ATP history in 2018 – could perhaps be the most appealing.

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