“So Important for Every Sport”: Ice Hockey Legend Praises Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil for Their Off Court Work

Published 08/24/2021, 10:51 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 22: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point in his fourth round match against Hyeon Chung of South Korea on day eight of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


The Professional Tennis Players Association has received praise from Wayne Gretzky. The former Canadian Ice Hockey player has extended his support for the organization and spoken highly of it. Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil had started this organization in 2020.

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Wayne Gretzky is a former Canadian ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League in Canada for 20 years and represented four teams. He is considered one of the GOATs in Ice Hockey.

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Wayne Gretzky appreciates Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil’s efforts

Wayne Gretzky had high praise to offer for the Professional Tennis Players Association. The Canadian has highlighted the importance of players supporting each other and the competition in the sport. However, he also mentioned that everyone cannot be the best in their sport.

Not everyone in their sport can be the best athlete in the world but they compete against other athletes so the playing field needs to be as level as possible,” said Wayne.

That’s why what Vasek and Novak are doing for players in the tennis world, it is so important for every sport, to look out for every player, my congratulations to everyone for looking out for the little guy,” said Wayne.

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Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil

History of the PTPA

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The Professional Tennis Players Association is an organization involving the men’s and women’s players. It was started in 2020 by Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil. The mandate is to protect and safeguard the professional tennis players. Moreover, the organization includes the top 500 singles players and the top 200 doubles players from the ATP and WTA rankings.

The PTPA is an organization, by the players and for the players. It aims at maintaining transparency throughout the world amongst the players competing at the highest level. The movement received widespread support from all the players in the top 30 rankings. The main reason behind the movement was to help the players in focusing on their main objective, which is to train and play.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Novak Djokovic of Team Serbia looks on during his Men’s Singles Bronze Medal match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Team Spain on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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