Denis Shapovalov backs Novak Djokovic's PTPA



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Denis Shapovalov backs Novak Djokovic's PTPA

Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov has publicly said that he is "on the PTPA side," per Chris Oddo. "They are just telling us to go and play tennis which, in my opinion, it's not right. They shouldn't, you know, talk to us like that if we're partners," Shapovalov added.

"I'm definitely on the PTPA side. I think we are not underrepresented, but I think there [are] ways that we could be represented better”. Novak Djokovic, who has 18 Grand Slam titles in his collection, created the PTPA alongside Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

"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

Shapovalov's fellow compatriot Pospisil went on a rant in Miami

"An hour and a half the chair of the ATP f***ing screaming at me in a player meeting for trying to unite the players," Pospisil said to chair umpire Arnaud Gabas.

"For an an hour and a half ... The leader of the ATP... F***ing a***hole. "If you want to default me, I'll gladly sue this whole organisation." After the match, Pospisil apologized for his actions. "I want to sincerely apologize for my behavior on the court in Miami earlier today.

I disrespected the game I love and for that I am truly sorry. By way of explanation, I felt deeply unnerved during a meeting between players and ATP executives last night, and I underestimated the toll those emotions took on me until I stepped onto the court today.

Again, I am sorry for my on-court behavior and the language I used," Pospisil said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.