“I Will Fight”: Novak Djokovic Admits He is a ‘Thorn’ in the Path of Many

Published 11/20/2021, 8:06 AM EST
Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


Apart from being a phenomenal tennis player, Novak Djokovic is a key member of the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association). He is one of the founders of the association and has been fighting for the rights of the players along with his friend, Vasek Pospisil.

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Even though the PTPA is not officially recognized by the ATP or WTA, it is fighting quite hard for a place. It wants the governing bodies to meet its demands, which includes creating transparency and fairness throughout the decision-making process in professional tennis.

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Novak Djokovic says he is trying to expose the monopoly in tennis

Djokovic revealed the real objective that he wants to achieve with the PTPA to SportKlub recently. He mentioned that most of the people choose to remain silent instead of fighting for the suffering ones. However, since he is ready to fight, he called himself a thorn in many people’s path. The Serbian legend also claimed that he’s trying to expose the monopoly of a few that has been there in the sport for many years.

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 15, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“We are a conformist society, we always prefer to join the herd than to get out of it. Instead of saying ‘this is wrong, it’s not fair, I will fight for this other one, who is less fortunate than me’, they choose the easier way. I know that I am a thorn in the side of many, I am trying to expose the monopoly that has been in our sport for many years,” said Djokovic in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

There have been previous conversations around a similar subject earlier as well. Even the great Billie Jean King has appreciated Nole’s resolve to bring positive change in the management of tennis.

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“Barely 150 players make a living from tennis”- Djokovic

In the same interview, Nole highlighted that only around 150 players make a living out of tennis and such a thing doesn’t happen in any other sport. He feels that it is not fair and thus wants to bring a change.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 5, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his quarter final match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

“I know who I am and what I am, I know what is fair. Barely 150 players make a living from tennis in the men’s and women’s categories. Give me any other sport in which this is the case. It is precisely for these boys and girls that we stand up,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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Novak Djokovic will encounter Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals 2021 today. Will he be able to conquer Turin and end his 2021 season on a high?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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