The two tennis greats are joining Novak Djokovic on the ATP Player Council, bringing the Big Three together to reshape a board that has been roiled by conflict. Federer and Nadal were elected along with doubles specialist Jurgen Melzer. They’ll fill spots vacated after Robin Haase, Jamie Murray and Sergiy Stakhovsky resigned from the board before Wimbledon. Djokovic addressed his frustration with the player council in pre-tournament comments at Wimbledon. He says the ATP’s governance structure prevented players from making “significant changes.”
The country star, who has had big success with the song “The Git Up,” will be among the celebrities and athletes headlining the 24th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the U.S. Open this month. The event is held the weekend before the tennis tournament begins, and it will air Aug. 25 on ABC. Others scheduled to participate include “The Lion King” star JD McCrary, singers Ava Max and Meg Donnelly, as well as Djokovic, the defending U.S. Open champion who has won the event three times, Nadal, another three-time Open champ and Sloane Stephens, the 2017 Open champ.
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