Tennis - Canada's Vasek Pospisil, one of the central figures in the creation of the new Professional Tennis Players Association, has said that there is an active dialogue with the women players as well regarding the association.
When the news of the new players association came through, several tennis fans and experts had questioned why the women players were not involved in the proposal. Milos Raonic, who has signed up for the association, had said that he thinks women should be included in the discussions while former World No.
1 Andy Murray said that he would not be signing up for the association at this point for two reasons - one being that the current ATP management needed more time to implement their vision and two, he would have liked the women players to be also included in the discussions.
Vasek Pospisil says there is active dialogue with the women players on the PTPA
Pospisil, who resigned from his position on the ATP Player Council, posted an update on Twitter on Sunday in which he says, "Regarding the involvement of women in the PTPA; there is active dialogue with the women’s side.
We recognise the importance of women’s tennis and their involvement. This should be evident by the separate movement that started last year where we had support from over 70 of the top 100 ranked from both the men’s AND women’s side.
Also led by Novak and myself with Norton Rose Fulbright. The PTPA is at its infancy stage.. it will only grow from here."
More than 60 players signed up for the new association, which is led by Novak Djokovic and Pospisil, on Saturday in New York which has led to the creation of the Professional Tennis Players Association.
100 ranked from both the men’s AND women’s side. Also led by Novak and myself with Norton Rose Fulbright.
The PTPA is at its infancy stage..
it will only grow from here. — Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) August 30, 2020
The governing bodies of tennis - the ATP Tour, the WTA Tour, the ITF and the four Grand Slam bodies - have backed the ATP Tour as the best body to represent the interests of the players. The remaining members of the ATP Player Council, after Djokovic, Pospisil and John Isner resigned, also questioned the new players union.
These included Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson amongst others. The women also have their own Player Council that represents the players on the WTA Tour. As per the proposal, a nine trustee board will run the association. They would appoint two co-presidents for two years. The first leadership duo would be Djokovic and Pospisil.