The governing bodies of tennis have come together to issue a statement with regards to the new players union being led by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil. The statement, which represents all the major governing bodies of tennis - the ATP Tour, the WTA Tour, the ITF, and the four Grand Slam bodies, calls for 'greater collaboration, not division' and backs the ATP as the best body to represent the players interests.
Tennis' governing bodies back ATP to represent the players interests
Below is the statement - which is published on the Wimbledon website - "The unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our sport, and our way of life, in ways that we could not have imagined.
Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected around the world. To address this extraordinary crisis, our sport and many within it – the players, coaches, administrators, officials, partners, broadcasters – have come together.
We have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe return to competition, providing flexibility and fairness through adjustments to rules, and financial support for those who need it most. Now more than ever we need collaboration and strong relationships, and we fully support the ATP in its role in representing the best interests of players throughout this process.
It is our responsibility to ensure that our sport emerges from this crisis with strong foundations on which we can build. It is a time for even greater collaboration, not division; a time to consider and act in the best interests of the sport, now and for the future.
When we work together, we are a stronger sport." Meanwhile, noted tennis journalist Jon Wertheim also posted the note from the ATP Players Council to all the players in which they raise some concerns about the new players union on his Twitter account.
As seen, the note is signed by members of the ATP Players Council - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Bruno Soares, Kevin Anderson, Jurgen Melzer and Bruno Soares. The other members of the ATP Players Council - Novak Djokovic, John Isner and Vasek Pospisil - had resigned from their positions on the Council.
It will surely be an interesting couple of weeks ahead at the US Open - which begins in New York on Monday. This is the first Grand Slam event on the tennis circuit since the Australian Open in January.
This from ATP chief Gaudenzi's letter to the players earlier. Didn't take long for those "advancing this matter while holding elected positions" to resign.....