എടിപി നിയമങ്ങൾ ലംഘിച്ചതിന് റാഫേൽ നദാലും നൊവാക് ജോക്കോവിച്ചും ആഞ്ഞടിച്ചു – എക്സ്പ്രസ്
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have come under fire for their upcoming exhibition match.
The pair are set to go toe-to-toe in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, October 24 to raise money for charity.
However, the decision to take part in the friendly showdown means both of the top two players in the world did not enter the Vienna Open or Swiss Indoors.
And that has enraged Vienna Open tournament director Edwin Weindorfer.
“I do not think it’s good that there are exhibitions ongoing during ATP events,” Weindorfer said.
“Players are ATP members. There is an offseason after the ATP Finals and anybody can play during that time.”
However, Nadal and Djokovic did get prior approval from ATP chief Chris Kermode so they will not be punished.
Weindorfer added: “There was approval from ATP CEO Chris Kermode because, per rules, during ATP tournaments, an exhibition match cannot be held. So we need to respect that.”
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has been slammed by Edwin Weindorfer (Image: GETTY)
Edwin Weindorfer is the tournament director of Vienna and Stuttgart (Image: GETTY)
The ATP rules specify a player cannot compete in an exhibition match ‘Within the tournament weeks of any ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournament, ATP Tour 500 tournament and the Nitto ATP Finals (singles or doubles)’.
If Nadal and Djokovic did not get permission from Kermode they could have been ‘Subject to penalties described under the player Major Offence Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game’.
But they were able to use the caveat which states ‘A player has the right to petition the president or his designee for an exemption to these requirements unless otherwise specified above’.
Novak Djokovic will lose his world No 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal next month (Image: GETTY)
Meanwhile, Djokovic’s decision to compete in the exhibition match means he will definitely lose his world No 1 rank on November 4.
Nadal will rise to the top of the standings regardless of his results at the Paris Masters.
That is because Djokovic will lose his 1,000 ATP Finals points on the Monday before the event commences.