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On a day of Wimbledon drama, Djokovic provides welcome relief

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London: As the big names fell on a day that was almost overshadowed by player ructions on the ATP player council, it was some relief to know that Novak Djokovic will still be alive come the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

While the fresh strawberries and cream and bottles of bubbly were being enjoyed by the public, many of the men's top players were questioned more about their off-court fight for change than their on-court prowess.


That came after what Djokovic said had been a "turbulent" meeting over the weekend on the player council board, on which he has a seat. There had been four resignations, with the shadow of disgraced tennis administrator Justin Gimelstob still prevalent, amid a fight for better pay.

"But I'm glad that at least majority of the players stayed in the council after the meeting was done a couple days ago. I did say that I understand the players that have resigned ... a turbulent meeting, if I may call it that way," Djokovic said.

"We [are] all........

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