Novak Djokovic's PTPA takes the side of Jannik Sinner


Novak Djokovic's PTPA takes the side of Jannik Sinner
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Jannik Sinner was forced to withdraw from the Paris Rolex Masters due to the crazy scheduling of the tournament organizers, but the Italian received support from the PTPA, a players association founded by Novak Djokovic. The 22-year-old Italian, among the favorites for the final success, took to the field for the last match on the central court against Mackenzie McDonald after midnight local time and had to suffer more than expected to get the better of the American, prevailing with the score of 6-7(6) 7-5 6-1 in two hours and 18 minutes, thus leaving the field at 3 am, local time.

The organizers' choice, however, was to schedule his next match, the round of 16 match against Alex De Minaur, as the fourth match of the day, around 4.30pm local time, only 12 hours after his last point against McDonald.

The world number 4 complained a lot after the match, anticipating the decision to give up taking the field due to the impossibility of recovering in such an important period of the season. His official withdrawal arrived on Thursday morning, and there was no shortage of reactions from his colleagues on the circuit, unleashing a real storm.

PTPA supports Jannik Sinner

The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), an association of male and female tennis players founded by Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic, has also openly sided with Sinner. Through a post on Instagram, the association of the world number one showed all the phases of the day of the Italian number 1, who took to the pitch at twenty past midnight local time, to conclude the match at 2.37 local time , and go to bed, after treatments by the physiotherapist, at 5am local time.

The collection then arrived at 2pm local time. "Extremely challenging 24 hours for @janniksin led to him withdrawing from the Rolex Paris Masters tournament due to fatigue from his night match. It is more important than ever for players to have a united voice to address challenges such as match scheduling," the association wrote, demonstrating its solidarity with Sinner.

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