American Sloane Stephens, who is part of the WTA Player Council, says there will be discussions about the new Players Association that has been launched by Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil after the ongoing US Open is over.
A group of around 60 players signed up to create the new Professional Tennis Player's Association over the weekend in New York and one of the major criticisms for the group was that the new association did not include the women players.
Former World No. 1 Andy Murray and doubles legend Todd Woodbridge are among those who have publicly stated that the association should have included the women. Pospisil, himself, has confirmed that there there is active dialogue with the women on the issue in a tweet he posted on Sunday.
"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."
Sloane Stephens confirms discussions on the Djokovic-led PTPA after the US Open
Stephens, speaking in New York after her first round win on Tuesday was asked about her views on the new players association.
"I think they felt like they needed to do what was best for them. The women were not included in that. Very so much we are separate from that situation. I know there will be discussions after the tournament to see where the women fit in with that.
I think now once the tournament started everyone focused here on the US Open.I think it will be interesting to see what happens with them and what they do, how they approach it, what it is that they do. But I think for now, the women, we are still doing what we're doing.
We're going to evaluate what they're doing after the US Open. When asked about her views about not being included in the group for now, Stephens was quick to play down the situation. "I mean, they said they needed to do what they needed to do.
I mean, I'm not offended. It is what it is. If it's right for us, it will be right for us. If not, then not. I'm not going to stress out about it too much. It might not be the right situation for us. It might be. We just have to wait and see."