It has now been seven months since Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil, along with other illustrious colleagues, announced the birth of the Professional Tennis Players Association. Specifically, it is a new independent association of professional tennis players created to guarantee the recognition of the rights, especially at an economic level, to less fortunate players who are forced to fight every year to equalize the expenses.
Despite the soothing words used by the Serbian champion towards the ATP, starting from the ATP Finals in London 2020, something went wrong and the relationship between the Association of Tennis Professionals and the new association has cracked.
During the Masters 1000 in Miami, Pospisil even attacked Andrea Gaudenzi for some words that the president of the ATP would have addressed to him during an important meeting.
Thiem's manager attacks Novak Djokovic's PTPA
To talk about the delicate situation, this time, was Herwig Straka, current manager of Dominic Thiem.
He said: "There is an interest of these players in destabilizing the whole environment of the ATP. This is due to personal interests and discontent of those directly involved. The attitude of Pospisil and the members of the PTPA is unjustifiable and shameful because the ATP is a serious organization in which players have a 50% weight on decisions.
Nowhere else is there such great equity," said Straka in an interview with Kleine Zeitung. "Thiem’s difficult period? The explanation is simple: he is a human being. People have their own feelings, they can be conditioned by external circumstances.
Players know very well that they are privileged, but the fact is that the bubble is mentally insane," he added. After a series of negative results, Thiem decided not to participate in the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. The Austrian has repeatedly reiterated that his goal is to be 100% on clay and, above all, to win Roland Garros for the first time in his career.