Canada's Vasek Pospisil admits not having Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) doesn't help as he would love to be given a chance to speak with them and try to explain them the main purpose of the newly formed association.
Pospisil, a former world No. 25, and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic were the two main players behind the new association. "It’s difficult. It doesn’t help, for sure. One, the statements, I wish they had spoken to us (first) – maybe they didn’t want to – I feel there’s a misinterpretation of what it is we’re tying to do and I feel like that is the main counter-argument against it, so suddenly if you take that away (the misinterpretation), suddenly there’s no counter-argument that makes sense, from a players’ side," Pospisil told Tennis Majors.
Pospisil hopes Federer and Nadal will have a change of heart
Nadal and Federer both decided against signing up for the PTPA. "The world is living a difficult and complicated situation. I personally believe these are times to be calm and work all of us together in the same direction.
It is time for unity, not for separation,” Nadal tweeted when the association was launched. “These are moments where big things can be achieved as long as the world of tennis is united. We all, players, tournaments and governing bodies have to work together.
We have a bigger problem and separation and disunion is definitely not the solution”. Federer quote-tweeted Nadal as he added: "These are uncertain and challenging times, but I believe it’s critical for us to stand united as players, and as a sport, to pave the best way forward”.
But Pospisil hopes at least one of the two will eventually join the PTPA. "I would love to be able to speak to them, if they would like to. I’d love to try to speak to them. I think historically, Nadal is a super player and has been pretty vocal, so I’m optimistic that at least one of those two will join.
But they’re also not the (whole) sport, they’re two players. And this is where they get almost too much credit for how big they are. Because what are two players (going) to do if 500 are unified and two aren’t? Obviously because they have so much power they can persuade some players that are not as strong-minded, they can influence certain players because of their star power. But honestly, the sport is much bigger than just a couple of names”.