6/11/12 5:32 PM | Johan Lindahl
Recently-retired Ivan Ljubicic looks prepared to win in the shark-infested waters of tennis politics with a possible bid for the ATP board in his immediate future.
The 33-year-old Croatian, who retired in April and once stood third in the world, served on the Player Council in the past and boasts an excellent relationship with president Roger Federer.
He could make his move as soon as this month. "We'll have ATP World Tour board selections at Wimbledon so I might decide to go for that. It's difficult to talk about it at the moment as I really want to have this summer off, but I do think there is space for me in tennis politics and I think and hope I can help the tour to be better," said Ljubicic.
The Croatian has always been a thoughtful person and has worked in the past on player issues while on that side of the net.
"With the prize money we've had an increase every year. Those things just need time. I understand that some players are not patient and would like to see things happening straight away. When you deal with these things they cannot happen the day after.
"The tournaments have their own say and opinion and when you push for certain issues sometimes it takes time.
"We have a little shorter season now. I hope that 2014 is going to be considerably shorter. Players are involved more in the politics of the tour more so now than they have been in the past so I think the good times are ahead of us."
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