Novak Djokovic defends Vasek Pospisil

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Novak Djokovic defends Vasek Pospisil

Thirty-year-old Vasek Pospisil was number 25 in the world in January 2014, while today he is ranked 67th in the ATP rankings. In his career the Canadian player has reached a quarter-final at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the US Open, while at Roland Garros he has never won a match.

Three finals played on the major circuit: the first one back in Washington in 2014 and then in Montpellier and Sofia last year, beaten in the last match of the Bulgarian event by our Jannik Sinner in three sets. Engaged a few days ago in the first round of the Miami Open, Pospisil railed in his match with Mackenzie McDonald against Andrea Gaudenzi, current chairman of the ATP.

The support of Novak Djokovic

The Canadian, a member of the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association), then apologized through social media. Despite this, world number one Novak Djokovic (and founder, in 2020, of PTPA) wrote an encouraging message to the former top 30 on Twitter: "Concerning matters at hand, I am not in Miami.

However Vasek Pospišil is my good friend and I empathize with him wholeheartedly. Players on tour would agree that he is an individual of the highest integrity who cares about the well being of his fellow competitors.

I am hopeful players recognize the importance of standing together." Nole, a recent Australian Open champion in Melbourne, has chosen not to participate in the Masters 1000 in Miami and instead take some time for himself and his family.

He also absents Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem, in a tournament that already seems to offer us a vision of what tennis will be like after the farewell of the Big 4. Last Miami champion the Swiss Federer, winner in 2019 in the final over the host John Isner with a score of 6-1 6-4.

Nadal's priority is the clay court season, where he will try to win the 14th Roland Garros trophy and break the Swiss Grand Slam record. Below Novak Djokovic's tweets: