World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has urged tennis players to unite and fight for better rights on the ATP Tour. Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is the -co-founder of the PTPA. "I am happy that such a big name of the tour [Bob Green, co-founder of the ATP tour] said that at that time the profit distribution was 50:50 between tournaments and players.
Nowadys it's much less: players get 25-30% and at Grand Slam it's only 11-12%," Djokovic said. "It's a very sensitive topic in our sport and I have never hesitated to talk about it because I think it's very important.
I know it's a thorn in the side of many tournaments or people in the tennis business; they just don't want certain information to come to light since they don't want players to know how things are run. This is one of the biggest reasons why the PTPA was founded and why this organization has to exist since otherwise nobody represents the players rights 100%.
The current structure of the ATP doesn't work any more."
Djokovic says top players uniting is the key
"Only if most players – especially top players - unite, we can do something concrete [which benefits the players].
Currently, we are getting nowhere, and that only suits people who have a monopoly position," Djokovic added. Djokovic wasn't happy with how players were treated at this year's Australian Open. Djokovic has refused to reveal his vaccination status and that could prevent him from playing at the Australian Open.
"Doesn’t really matter whether it’s vaccination or anything else in life. You should have the freedom to choose, to decide what you want to do. In this particular case, what you want to put in your body," Djokovic said.
"I have been always a proponent of that and always a supporter of freedom of choice, and I will be always supporting that because freedom is essential for I’d say a happy and prosperous life."