Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil co-founded the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), which has largely been on the back burner since its inception ahead of the 2020 US Open, is finally on the move. In particular, the voice of the players is trying to delay voting on the ATP's proposed 30-year plan until they get full clarity.
The Serbian world number one also issued a statement on Twitter, explaining the association's position. This comes after the ATP, the governing body for men's tennis, continually ignored all of his previous requests.
The two former members of the ATP Players Council, Novak and Vasek, realized the lack of options that players have against the authorities. Therefore, they co-founded the PTPA as a single player body that would function in line with other sport's governing bodies.
“We all believe that fairness and transparency in professional tennis decision-making will not only benefit the sport, but will also support all players, those rising through the ranks and those struggling to make a living, not just the players you see in the headlines.
Progress and growth come when we work together to reshape the established mindset and embrace innovation and collaboration,” Djokovic wrote in his statement. Furthermore, the PTPA believes that the ATP has not defined its 30-year plan for all players.
Djokovic is set to defend his title at the Wimbledon Championships 2021
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is set to defend his title at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. The form he is in gives an indication that the feat could be possible.
The Serbian ace has established himself as a complete player, winning multiple Grand Slam titles across various events and surfaces. Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe is impressed by the confidence Novak Djokovic is displaying by talking about the potential feat.
“His biggest obstacle to me is if his body holds up through this. It looks amazing. He looked phenomenal. He’s halfway home. He won the tougher one,” McEnroe told the media. “He’s the best player that ever lived, I would say, on hard courts.
If he’s able to maintain his health through this, I mean, I think he’s got a great shot at winning the Slam. “I guess that means he’s going to go to Tokyo, which would be phenomenal for Serbia. I was wondering whether he’d do that.
At this point the fact that he’s saying it shows you how much he believes he can do it. Normally you wouldn’t bring that up. It’s like saying, I’m about to pitch a no-hitter after six innings. That’s pretty gutsy in itself, shows you how confident he is”.