“The Games Have Been Very Dirty”: Vasek Pospisil Calls Out ATP For Monopolizing Tennis

Published 11/03/2021, 7:03 AM EDT
A detailed view of an ATP TOUR logo on a tennis net during the semifinal round of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil founded the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) in 2020. The main goal of the organization was to promote openness and justice across decision-making in professional tennis. Now, over 500 active members are part of the non-profit organization.

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However, recently co-founder Vasek Pospisil slammed ATP over some ongoing issues. Pospisil accused them of spreading lies which is impacting their association.

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Pospisil blamed ATP

Vasek Pospisil, co-founder of PTPA recently on a podcast, blamed the ATP for spreading the negativity of PTPA. He said, ” There are some many conflicts. The games have been very dirty at the ATP. The things that I’ve heard them say about us and what we are trying to do and what we are doing in the background just all lies. The stuff I’ve heard, the PTA are trying start their own tour, lies.”

Furthermore, Pospisil continued, ” They are saying that we are paying players to sign up with us. That’s just shows how scared they are of players having a say, having a voice….  They have completely monopolized the sport…. They have done an amazing job to maintain the control, and that has hurt the sport in a huge way.”

Subsequently, Pospisil was absolutely disappointed with ATP’s actions regarding PTPA. The Canadian even talked about major announcements concerning PTPA in January 2022.

Who is Vasek Pospisil, co-founder of PTPA?

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Vasek Pospisil is a professional tennis player from Canada. Partnering with Jack Sock, Pospisil has triumphed over the Wimbledon championships in 2014. He has reached a career-high of World No. 4 in the doubles competition.

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

In 2020, Novak Djokovic along with Vasek Pospisil launched the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) as a direct rival to the ATP Tour. The group’s principal objective was to safeguard the interests of professional tennis players, but it had evolved into an anti-competitive organization that it had previously promised to protect them against.

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Moreover, the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) was legally established as a not-for-profit organization in Canada in 2021 to address player concerns and encourage equitable reform in the professional tennis industry.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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