By Ros Satar, at Indian Wells
- Kyle Edmund: ‘Disappointed’ at the prospect of Kermode leaving
- ‘Too many egos and politics in the sport
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA USA – Kyle Edmund weighed in on the gathering storm in Indian wells over the ATP Board’s decision to not renew ATP president Chris Kermode.
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The beginning of the week, and indeed throughout the tournament, the rumblings arising from the decision of the ATP board not to review the contract of its incumbent chief, Chris Kermode, at the end of the year has drawn more than a few raised eyebrows.
The impact was felt in the early days of the tournament with the results of the closed door meeting being announced by the ATP with a lengthy delay before the media all-access session with World No. 1 and president of the player council Novak Djokovic.
British No. 1 Kyle Edmund said: “I was disappointed to see him going to be leaving at the end of the year. i mean he’s done lots of positives in terms of on the tour, prize money, sponsors, participation, the viewing figures on TV and stuff. There’s lots of positives he has done to the game. Unfortunately I think there’s just too many egos and politics in the sport. But maybe a little bit out of control.
“I’m also interested to see what plan has been decided moving forward, from the people that didn’t want him in. So we’ll see what happens.”
Edmund progressed to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time, defeating Radu Albot in straight sets.
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