‘The System Has Failed Players So Many Times’ – Novak Djokovic Makes a Harsh Statement Regarding Recent Tennis Decisions

Published 05/26/2022, 3:11 AM EDT

via Reuters

There has been a lot of debate surrounding the decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points. Many tennis players have expressed their views regarding this ruling by the governing bodies. Further, World Number 1, Novak Djokovic, too, has opened up on this subject.

Yesterday, Djokovic breezed into the third round of the French Open 2022. He defeated Alex Molcan of Slovakia in straight sets. Subsequently, he talked about the recent decisions taken in tennis.


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During a post-match interview, the Serb appealed for the players’ interests to be at the forefront while making decisions. He said, “The council of ATP that is within the structure, this representing body of players, and that’s how it’s been for decades. I don’t think that’s the best system that we have.”

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Further, Djokovic added, “I just think the system has failed players so many times, so many times, and that’s the reason why PTPA needs to exist because when it comes down to this kind of big decision (Wimbledon points ban) a lot of the players’ voices are not heard enough.”


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Concluding his remarks, the Serb said, “Unfortunately, within the ATP you have 50/50 percent of representation between players and tournaments. So you are never going to have 100% players’ interest in place.”


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Djokovic set to lose his Number 1 ranking

The Serb is the defending Wimbledon champion and was set to defend 2000 ranking points that he had earned last season. However, with the ATP stripping Wimbledon of ranking points, Djokovic will lose these points. As a result, he will slip down the ATP rankings.


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Coming to the French Open 2022, Djokovic will face Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the third round. Can Djokovic defend his Roland Garros title? Let us know your views in the comments below.



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