‘Lack of Leadership’: Vasek Pospisil Calls Out the ATP’s Silence on Novak Djokovic Debacle in Melbourne

Published 01/08/2022, 10:29 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The mess in Melbourne that surrounds Novak Djokovic has enraptured all of the tennis world right now. Ahead of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic had finally managed to secure a medical exemption to play in the country.

However, upon landing in Melbourne, the border forces detained him and threatened him with a cancellation of his visa. Furthermore, they also threatened the 9-time Australian Open winner with prompt deportation.

Many fellow athletes have come out in support of Djokovic since then. Among them, Nick Kyrgios and longtime friend Vasek Pospisil have been quite vocal as well.


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Pospisil calls out the ATP on its silence about Novak Djokovic

Canadian tennis star Vasek Pospisil has now spoken against the Association of Tennis Professionals. According to Pospisil, the ATP’s absolute silence and lack of statement regarding the whole fiasco is a sign of them being uncaring.

Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil, co-founders of the Professional Tennis Players Association

“Regardless of your view of the situation in Australia with Novak and the other players, notice how the ATP is silent,” Pospisil said. He points out that since Novak Djokovic landed in Melbourne and was detained, it has been four days.


However, there has still been no statement from the ATP regarding the matter, which concerns none other than their World No. 1 player. Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic are also the founders of the PTPA- the Professional Tennis Players Association. “Not even a simple statement after four days,” Pospisil pointed out.

The PTPA aims to develop a self-governed structure of players that is independent of the ATP. Thus, it stands to reason that the founder himself is quite unhappy with the ATP’s handling, or lack thereof, of the situation.


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Pospisil addressed the Novak Djokovic situation and the ATP in the same tweet. “The silence from the @atptour on the @AustralianOpen, @DjokerNole & other players is deafening,” Pospisil tweeted. He then tagged the PTPA players in the same tweet.

Pospisil points out ATP’s lack of leadership

In his tweet, Vasek Pospisil also highlighted how their lack of statement means the ATP does not care about their players. In fact, this was one of the reasons he co-founded the PTPA in the first place, alongside Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil

Now, when “faced with real issues,” according to Vasek, the ATP is “showing a complete lack of leadership,” per his tweet. Pospisil has been vocal in his support for the 20-time Grand Slam champion since the fiasco began.



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Despite the controversy of the last 30+hours, @DjokerNole is my friend, my fellow player, @ptpaplayers co-founder & proud Serbian,” he had tweeted.


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What do you think about the ATP’s surprising lack of statement regarding the matter?

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.