“#Playersvoice”: After Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic, John Isner and Others Line Up to Support Vasek Pospisil

Published 03/27/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
Mar 24, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Vasek Pospisil of Canada hits a forehand against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) in the first round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Vasek Pospisil lost his first match against Mackenzie McDonald at the Miami Open 2021. In a topsy-turvy battle, the Canadian tennis player lost the first and the last set of the match. The final scoreline of the match was 3-6, 6-4, 3-6.

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However, this is not the reason why the match made the news. Vasek Pospisil suffered a meltdown during the match and started abusing the chair during the match. He even went on to say harsh things about the ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi and claimed that Gaudenzi accused him of uniting the players in yesterday’s meeting.

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Stunningly, Pospisil was so angry that he hit a ball outside and even smashed his racket. As a result, he faced repercussions for the same.

He, along with Novak Djokovic, surely doesn’t have a cordial relationship with the ATP and the two have advocated for the formation of a separate governing body, the PTPA, that players will head.

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After the meltdown, many players come in the support of Vasek Pospisil

Mar 24, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Vasek Pospisil of Canada serves against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) in the first round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After his meltdown, many players came in the support of Vasek Pospisil. Milos Raonic took his side and wrote, “Player unity is needed now more than ever. Voices need to be heard,  respected, and acknowledged Don’t try to silence them, but work with them.”

Former World No.8 John Isner also supported Pospisil and wrote, What happened with Vasek Pospisil was unfortunate. Emotions got the best of him, and unfortunately, that happens sometimes. Fact remains that he’s spent countless hours fighting on behalf of his colleagues on the ATP Tour. Better days ahead for Vasek and the players.”

Doubles player Rajeev Ram expressed that all players need to raise their voice in support of Pospisil. The American tweeted, “What happened to Vasek could have happened to any one of us. It was not right and it needs to change.”

Tennis player Ivo Karlovic also urged that after the incident, players do need an association of their own.

Ryan Harrison claimed that Pospisil is a really nice man and it is time that the governing bodies listen to the voices of the players as well.

American tennis player Steve Johnson quoted that it is time for the players to come and stand together.

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Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez also urged players to unite and said that they have achieved many things over the years by staying together.

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Vasek Pospisil’s meltdown has surely brought a lot of tennis players in his support. The ATP is yet to clear its stand on the issue because of which the fans are also in a dilemma over the subject. However, they hope that things clear out soon between the ATP and the players.

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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 500 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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