ATP founder: Novak Djokovic has money, he created PTPA to help other players

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ATP founder: Novak Djokovic has money, he created PTPA to help other players

Donald Dell, one of ATP founders, says Novak Djokovic is not doing the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) project for himself. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, wants players to have better rights -- especially those lower-ranked -- and that's one of the main reasons why he joined forces with Vasek Pospisil to create the PTPA.

"Djokovic surely isn’t doing this for himself,” Dell stated in an article for Sports Illustrated. “He doesn’t need the money, having pocketed more than $151 million in on-court earnings, not to mention the endorsement dollars.

“He doesn’t need the distraction, either. No one would have blamed him had he stepped aside and let Pospisil do the heavy lifting as he pursued one of the most hallowed feats in tennis (the Calendar Grand Slam).

“But he says with his success has come a huge responsibility, to ensure that the next generation of players, and those ranked No. 150 on down, can make a decent living”.

Boris Becker defended Djokovic

Becker, who had a stint with Djokovic, came to the defence of the Serb.

Djokovic is not as loved as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and he is often criticized by the media and fans root against him. Becker insists it's not fair that Djokovic is always the bad guy, while Federer and Nadal are always good guys.

"The public - also the media have to get used to it - that there are not only 2 but also 3 who have great qualities as players and people. And it's not acceptable that Novak is always the bad guy and Roger and Rafa are always the good guys.

That's unfair," Becker told Eurosport Deutschland. "He often stands up for other players, that's often swept under the rug and nobody really wants to notice that. There's another very sympathetic side. I hope for him and his family that he'll finally be treated a bit more fairly than he's been so far."