Nadal quits council over ranking clash with Federer
Nadal is a passionate advocate of moving to a new rankings system calculated over the previous two years, believing that the change would help players manage their schedules better to avoid injuries rather than continually having to chase points just to maintain ranking.
The Spaniard believes that the move would help the game's best players prolong their careers, and the Daily Telegraph reports that his disagreement on the issue with Federer has prompted him to turn his back on the player council.
World number three Federer, who is president of the council, disagrees, stating recently that "I think it would make things rather boring" when asked for his opinion of Nadal's plan.
Currently, points are calculated from a player's best 19 results in tournaments played in the last year, making it vital for players to 'defend' points won the previous year if they are not to drop down the rankings.
By using a longer, tapered system such as is used in golf - which takes into account the last two years of tournaments, with recent events weighted to matter more - there would be considerably less pressure on the game's top stars to play regularly.
Swiss superstar Federer's career has been astonishing in both length and freedom from injury while Nadal's one-time dominance of the men's game was halted by an injury two years ago, since when he has never quite regained that level of performance.
Therefore a two-year system would be the perfect boost for the Spanish world number two; but while Federer remains in the presidential hotseat, change will not be on the horizon.