Novak Djokovic reveals what he really thinks of the Premium Tour

The Serbian tennis player expressed his opinion on a topic that is splitting tennis

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Novak Djokovic reveals what he really thinks of the Premium Tour
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Novak Djokovic is preparing for the 2024 Australian Open by playing the United Cup team tournament. The Serbian champion, who will have to defend the 2000 points achieved last season in Melbourne, expressed his thoughts regarding the possibility of having a parallel Tour at the ATP one.

What many have defined as the Premium Tour. Here at Tennis World USA we have analyzed in recent weeks what players and organizations think about this, also through some exclusive interviews. Djokovic expressed his point of view in the press conference at the United Cup.

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"I don't know which elite Tour you are referring to.

The 2024 calendar is already out, so it won't happen this year. There are a lot of rumors going around, but I don't think it's worth talking about without any concrete offers on the table or discussion. I am always in favor of the possibility of improving our sport.

I've said it many times already: I believe tennis is not exploiting its full potential. We are one of the most followed and popular sports in the world, but we are quite conservative in certain aspects. This, unfortunately, didn't have much appeal to younger audiences.

I've seen some statistics and the average age of the audience around the world is quite high. Don't get me wrong, it's great to have an audience of all ages. I have always supported the history and tradition of our sport. But I think we have to try to adapt to modern times and understand what the young audience wants to make tennis more attractive.

That's what I think, but I have no idea which elite circuit you're talking about. There is nothing concrete," he explained.

Premium Tour: what could happen

ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi has tried to dismiss the idea of a Premier Tour, but the rumors have become increasingly persistent in recent weeks.

The Arab world's attempt to carve out an increasingly larger space for itself in tennis and the discontent of some players with the busy calendar could really promote, over time, the creation of an elite circuit capable of bringing together the best tournaments.

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