“As you know, I am part of the PTPA, an organisation that was recently created with no intention of being in conflict with the ATP.
“The PTPA has yet to be structured with the strategy and long term vision yet to be clearly defined, and although the PTPA has made it clear it does not intend to be combative, it is unclear how the ATP will view the association in the future.
‘Unfortunately, given these latest developments I feel it is now necessary to remove myself from the list of candidates. I do not wish to create conflict or uncertainty around the player elections or create any issues that may arise. I do this reluctantly and with a heavy heart.
“I am, and always have been, very passionate when it comes to representing my peers on the council. I truly believe there is a path forward that will greatly improve the lives of many players, especially the lower ranked, and have a powerful and positive impact on the sport of tennis as a whole.
“I am confident the PTPA will achieve this in the near future. Before concluding, I wish to communicate I believe it is extremely important that we do not have conflicts of interest in our sport.
“I hope that, going forward, this is not only applied to the formation of new associations at the player level but further applied to all levels within the ATP structure.”