‘Dont Want Us to Be Present’ – Novak Djokovic Makes His Intentions Clear Regarding PTPA

Published 05/26/2022, 4:31 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Dubai Tennis Championships – The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 23, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his second round match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is never a man short of an opinion. The 35-year-old has faced backlash in the past for his outspoken nature. But the Serb has never shied away from giving his opinion, regardless of the topic.

Djokovic shocked everyone when he and Canadian Vasek Pospisil stepped down from their positions on the ATP player council on the eve of the U.S. Open in 2020. They co-founded the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) with the aim of protecting the interests of the players.

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However, the move was not appreciated by the ATP but the Serb has claimed it to be important for putting forward the interests of tennis players. Notably, the 35-year-old is currently taking part in the ongoing Roland Garros. The Serb yet again pointed to the importance of PTPA while speaking about the ongoing Wimbledon issue.

“PTPA will continue to exist”: Novak Djokovic

In the wake of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Wimbledon banned the Russian and Belarusian players from competing in this year’s Wimbledon championship. As a result, the ATP and the WTA have stripped this year’s Wimbledon of ranking points. Although Djokovic was the forerunner in opposing Wimbledon’s ban, the 2021 Wimbledon Champion is equally unhappy with the way governing bodies have handled it.

That is understandable as the decision to remove ranking points will affect the players who did well in the grass-court event. Djokovic himself is the one who will lose maximum points. In the current scenario, the World No. 1 stressed the importance of the PTPA stating that it is the only organization that works for protecting the interests of players and it will keep doing so even though there are a lot of people in the governing bodies who want them to fail.

“PTPA will continue to exist, even though there is a lot of people in governing bodies that don’t want us to be present in the tennis ecosystem. PTPA is the only association which is representing 100% players’ rights, both male and female,” he said.

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Notably, Novak was also on the receiving end when he could not defend his Australian Open title at the start of this year; losing 2000 ATP points.

Djokovic through to the third round of the French Open 2022

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic produced a powerful performance to outclass Slovakian Alex Molcan. The 24-year-old had no answer to the Serb as he cruised through the opening two sets.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his quarter final match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

However, Molcan gave it his all to the last set and forced a tie-break, but the 35-year-old held his nerves to finish the game.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

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