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However, Soares believes the fault was on Federer and Nadal to seek out their council representatives rather than the other way around.

I think each member of the council has played his part,’ Soares told Brazilian outlet Globoseporte. Obviously it is difficult to talk to everyone and if anyone has any doubts, it is up to the person to look for his representative in the council, to ask questions and suggest things.

So we cannot always find everyone. Me and Jamie represent from 1st to 100th in doubles. Imagine running after 100 players, we communicate a lot by email, but a lot of things are up to people who have an interest in looking for us.

World No. 1 Djokovic, the president of the council, has been one of the key movers behind Kermode’s departure, yet he has refused to directly give his reasons for wanting the Brit replaced.

The Serb has hidden behind a veil of confidentiality and while Soares accepted that silence from council representatives is not mandatory, he revealed that council members have vowed to keep their voting preferences under wraps.

It’s not that confidentiality is mandatory, but we work as a team,’ Soares added. ‘So it’s not cool to say so-and-so voted yes, someone else voted no and expose the situation. It’s very difficult for the decision to be unanimous.

It is not about confidentiality itself, it is more about acting as a group and being united for a greater good in the sport. One obvious concern throughout this process has been the involvement of Gimelstob.

Facing charges for alleged assault in Los Angeles, many were left uncomfortable by the American’s involvement in such a key decision for tennis. There is a fear that, despite the criminal charges he faces, the two-time doubles Grand Slam champion would make a play to replace Kermode even though he would struggle to amass the required votes from the tournament council.

But Soares is unaware of any leadership bid from the American. ‘I do not think so,’ he said. He is a guy who has been on the players board for a long time, represents us very well.

He has not expressed any interest in being the new president. I do not think Gimelstob is one of the candidates to replace Kermode. I do not even think he wants it at the moment.