Rising American star Reilly Opelka insists the situation on the ATP Tour wasn't all ideal even before the coronavirus pandemic lockdown as he claims there is a few things that absolutely need to change. Opelka, ranked at No.
39 in the world, is well-known for his habit of drinking the Red Bull energy drink and he says he finds it funny when he gets fined by ATP for drinking a Red Bull on the court. The 22-year-old American suggests the ATP needs to be more open minded and they should look at some other sports and see how they handle certain things.
"There’s a few. Our TV rights are completely messed up. Another thing is players have no freedom. The ATP fines me whenever I drink a Red Bull on the court. I’ve always drank Red Bull on court. They fine me for everything," Opelka told Racquet Magazine.
"Your logos can only be so big, and whatnot. And their argument is “Oh, it’s a gentleman’s sport,” but look at the PGA. Golf is way more of a gentleman’s sport than tennis will ever be, and those guys look like NASCAR drivers now.
"My coach Jay Berger’s son is Daniel Berger, a top golfer. They all love the organization, they actually love their execs, and they really feel they’re on their side. "And I’m like, man, I definitely know we can’t say the same as tennis players.
I would let players have unlimited branding. If someone wants to put a logo on you, whatever, so be it. That’s perfect."