“Positive News for the PTPA”: ATP Agree to Novak Djokovic’s PTPA’s Three Demands

Published 07/03/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs


In a historical move, the PTPA recently announced its cohesion of bilateral talks with once rivals, ATP. The organization, led by Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic, came into being on August 30, 2020. The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) has struggled for recognition and acknowledgment for a long time.

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However, a recent tweet from co-president, Vasek, confirmed that the organization’s significance was valued and their motives were taken into consideration. Their demands of delaying the vote for the 30-year-plan, having more involvement of players in big decisions, and equality in the game will now be reflected upon; a collaboration with the ATP has begun.

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“It is critical for us to stand united” – Roger Federer

The initiation of the ‘Professional Tennis Players Association’ was slightly controversial, with Pospil resigning from the ATP committee a day before announcing the breakaway organization. The reaction was mixed, as some players showed support while the others replied with rejection. Ahead of the US Open, players were sent letters, addressing the issue and proposing to be a part of PTPA. While many spoke in favour of it, the ‘big’ names felt otherwise.

I personally believe these are times to be calm and work all of us together in the same direction. It is time for unity, not for separation”, said Spanish Maestro, Rafael Nadal.

Speaking in agreement, Swiss Tennis legend, Roger Federer wrote, “These are uncertain and challenging times, but I believe it’s critical for us to stand united as players, and as a sport, to pave the best way forward”. 

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Britain’s Andy Murray had a rather practical approach to the situation. Making his side clear, he wrote, “I’m not totally against a player union or players’ association, but right now there’s a couple of things. One is I feel like the current management should be given some time to implement their vision.

“Whether that works out or not would potentially influence me in the future as to which way I would go. 

For the players, by the players

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The PTPA’s motives have been clear from day one. They believe an organization representing players should be run by players, ensuring they are heard. However, division of whatever sort would not be the solution to any crisis at all. Hence, acceptance of their demands is good news for the sport.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round match against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The organization aims to look after the all-round development of its players and the well-being of everyone associated with the court. People are hopeful that with the collaboration news of the ATP and the PTPA, the greater good of the sport is promised and the future of the sport is secured.

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