World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he had spoken with the Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal about joining the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) but the two tennis greats rejected the Serb's invitation.
The PTPA -- a proposed tennis association of male and female tennis player -- as the group will represent top-500 singles players and top-200 doubles players, respectively. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, and former world No.
25 Vasek Pospisil were the driving force behind the PTPA project. "Before we have created PTPA I have spoken to both Roger Federer and Nadal and they did not want to take part in it. I'm not criticizing anybody, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Would I love it for them to join us? Of course I would. But we keep going," Djokovic told reporters in Serbia on Thursday, as revealed by Sasa Ozmo. Djokovic entered the US Open without a loss in 2020 and he was playing great but then exited the tournament on the most bizarre way as he was defaulted from his round-of-16 match after hitting the lines woman.
Several weeks later, Djokovic made the French Open final, in which he was handed a straight-set defeat by Nadal. "There is a little regret because I have not won a trophy in NY or Paris since I have been in an extraordinary form for both," Djokovic admitted.
"The season is what it is, with the break and everything, but I've won a lot of matches, so I can compare it with 2011 and 2015."
Djokovic sets big goals for the rest of 2020
"I want to end the year as number one and I want to have as big advantage as possible for the first three months of 2021, which would allow me the historic number one, one of the two biggest goals in my career," Djokovic noted.
After the US Open, Djokovic called for technology to replace line judges. "I am not a person who adores technology and cannot live without it, in some regards technocratic society has gone too far in my opinion, but if we in tennis can be more efficient and precise, why not? Djokovic wondered.
Djokovic, 33, says he is who he is and he has no regrets over that. "I do not feel the same pressure I have felt in the early stages of my career. Maybe some people have a problem with me verbalizing my ambitions, but I was raised to be sincere, I do not like pretending," Djokovic said.