“Always the Right Time”: Novak Djokovic Disagrees with Nadal and Federer on New Players’ Association

Published 09/03/2020, 12:54 AM EDT


The 17-time Grand Slam Champion Novak Djokovic came from a set down to reach the third round of the US Open 2020. Djokovic defeated Britain’s Kyle Edmund in four hard-fought sets to keep his contention for the title alive.

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During the post-match press conference, Djokovic was asked his thoughts on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s position regarding the new players’ association. World No.1 was questioned on whether he will reach out to his arch-rivals.

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Djokovic remarked that he has reached out to both the players and they are aware of the recent happenings. “I have reached out to them. We have spoken about this project several times in the past actually. I have reached out to them before we made it official, before we gathered with all the players on the Grandstand, I think it was last Saturday,” said Djokovic.

Recently, Rafael Nadal tweeted to emphasize to stay united rather than separated considering the circumstances. The Swiss maestro Roger Federer replied to Nadal’s tweet and agreed to his stance on the issue.

The reigning Australian Open champion added that Rafa and Roger don’t want to be involved with the association at the moment, and he respects their opinion.

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On the contrary, the Serbian said, “For a players’ association, it’s always the right time, and it has been the right time for the last 20 years.” and asserted that he will be moving forward with the plan.

Novak Djokovic disagrees with Nadal and Federer

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No.1 seed Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil have founded the Professional Tennis Players Association to safeguard the interest of the players. Despite many top players expressing their reservations, Djokovic believes that it’s never the right time and always the right time for taking certain decisions.

The Serbian who is eyeing a record fourth title at Flushing Meadows disagrees with Nadal and Federer and thinks there is a place for the players’ association.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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