Novak Djokovic & Vasek Pospisil confirm creation of 'First Player Only Associaiton'



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Novak Djokovic & Vasek Pospisil confirm creation of 'First Player Only Associaiton'

Tennis - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Canadian Vasek Pospisil have confirmed the creation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), the new players union that has been objected to by the governing bodies of tennis as well as several noted players - including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray.

Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil confirm the creation of the PTPA

On Saturday evening in New York, Djokovic, Pospisil and several other players posted an update on their social media accounts saying, "After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972." Pospisil posted another update saying that the purpose of the PTPA was to unify players and make their voices heard. "The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) did not emerge to be combative, to disrupt, or to cause any issues within or outside the tennis tour.

Simply to unify the players, have our voices heard & have an impact on decisions being made that effect our lives & livelihoods." The group of players who confirmed their support for the new union also posed together for a picture at the US Open site.

Around 60 players can be seen in the picture wearing masks. The same picture and post was also shared by several other players on their social media accounts - indicating they are part of the group who have signed up for the new union.

Some of these include - the American brothers Ryan and Christian Harrison; India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam Qureshi; Serbians Filip Krajinović and Dusan Lajovic; Croatians Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Dodig; and Argentine Guido Pella and Bolivian Hugo Dellien, whose disqualification from the Western & Southern Open also irked several players on the men's tour.

After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA

A post shared by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA”

A post shared by Oliver Marach (@olivermarach) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA”

A post shared by Filip Krajinović (@krajinovic_filip) on

After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA.

A post shared by Christian Harrison (@charrison94) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA”

A post shared by Attila Balázs (@_attilabalazs_) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA”

A post shared by Fucsovics Marton (@fucsovicsmarci) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA” #playersunity Thanks to @djokernole and @vasek.pospisil putting so much effort to create this moment 👍🏼

A post shared by Norbert Gombos (@gombes) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA”

A post shared by Dusan Lajovic (@dutzee) on

After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA

A post shared by Ryan Harrison (@ryan.harrison92) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA”

A post shared by Ivo Karlovic (@ivokarlovic) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. . . #PTPA

A post shared by Nikola Mektic (@nikola_mektic) on

After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA Thanks to @vasek.pospisil & @djokernole for the effort putting into organizing the whole thing. #unity 💪

A post shared by Andrej Martin (@andrejmartinslovakia) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA”

A post shared by Ivan Dodig (@ivan_dodig) on

“Después de la exitosa reunión, que tuvieron mis colegas el día de hoy, nos complace anunciar el inicio de la Asociación de Jugadores de Tenis Profesionales (PTPA).

La primera asociación de jugadores de tenis desde 1972. #PTPA ”

A post shared by Hugo Dellien (@hugodellien) on

After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA

A post shared by Franko Skugor (@frankoskugor) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA”

A post shared by Aisam Qureshi (@aisamqureshi) on

“After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA

A post shared by Mate Pavić (@pavicmate) on

#Repost @djokernole (@get_repost) ・・・ After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA

A post shared by Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna0403) on

After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972. #PTPA

A post shared by Aljaz Bedene (@aljazbedene) on

After today’s successful meeting, we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

The first player only association in tennis since 1972 #PTPA

A post shared by Damir Dzumhur (@damirdzumhur) on

Después de la reunión que tuvieron muchos colegas míos, estamos felices de anunciar la creación del “Professional Tennis players Association” La primera asociación solamente de jugadores en el tenis desde 1972.

A post shared by Guido Pella (@guido_pella) on

While the governing bodies of tennis have already backed the ATP as the best body to represent player interests, and several players yet to confirm their support of the new union, it will interesting to see how this unfolds over the coming weeks even as the US Open gets underway in New York on Monday.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be aiming to win his 18th Grand Slam title and close the gap on Rafael Nadal (19 majors) and Roger Federer (20 majors) in the battle for the most number of Grand Slams in men's tennis history.