Novak Djokovic doubles Rafael Nadal: a milestone which confirm he's the GOAT?

The Serbian champion achieved an incredible milestone

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Novak Djokovic doubles Rafael Nadal: a milestone which confirm he's the GOAT?
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After a simply fantastic 2023, Novak Djokovic is experiencing some problems in these first months of 2024. The Serbian champion has never shone, from the Australian Open to Indian Wells, perhaps also due to some physical problems that have been affecting him since the beginning of the year.

Although the last few months have not been easy for him, Djokovic is firmly in first place in the ATP ranking with 418 weeks as ATP No.1, despite the fact that he is increasingly followed by Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner, who are pushing to overtake him.

Despite having decided not to participate in Miami, from Monday Djokovic, 418 weeks at ATP No.1, will double Rafael Nadal, stuck at 209 weeks at ATP No.1.

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The battle of Djokovic and the PTPA

Djokovic has been waging an important battle for many years now to guarantee future generations of tennis players a better future from all points of view. Many players are forced to make enormous sacrifices just to try to build a career, and are unable to break even at the end of the year.

One of the objectives of the PTPA is precisely to progressively increase the number of athletes able to make a living playing tennis.

"In 2020, during the pandemic, we played the US Open in a bubble. It was really strange to compete without an audience. Pospisil and I created the Professional Tennis Players Association. It is a players' organization, because we feel that tennis players are not represented in the right way. Obviously I am referring to both men's and women's tennis. There are 400/450 players at the moment.

The main mission is to try to increase the number of players who can make a living from tennis. Make sure we have better organizations for future generations. I don't want to be misunderstood: tennis is doing well. It is one of the most popular sports and we are happy to be recognized as great athletes. Many people come to watch the matches or follow us from home on television.

Few people know that only 300/400 tennis players can make a living practicing this sport. It's a really small number. Many of these do not have a staff: coach, physiotherapist, athletic trainer, etc.

They have to do everything themselves. Many travel alone. There are too many governing bodies and, in theory, our organization should already be part of the Tour. We have a Players Council, but there is always a conflict of interest. We want to improve our sport, but we must not forget where we come from," explained Djokvoic during an interview with Jeffrey Katzenberg broadcast on YouTube.

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