“Definitely on the PTPA Side”: Denis Shapovalov Sides With Novak Djokovic’s Breakaway Players’ Union

Published 03/28/2021, 8:38 AM EDT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Denis Shapovalov of Canada after winning match point during their quarter final singles match against Denis Shapovalov of Canada during day eight of the 2020 ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 10, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


The Miami Open 2021 has started off on a gloomy note on the ATP side. One controversy that engulfed the first few days was Vasek Pospisil’s meltdown in the first round of the tournament. The incident raised questions about player treatment and ultimately saw various players coming together to offer their support to the Canadian. This also brought together various players who were in support of Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil’s PTPA.

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Now, even Denis Shapovalov has offered his support for PTPA.

Denis Shapovalov of Canada hits a forehand. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Shapovalov had earlier been tight-lipped about the PTPA. But after his second-round match at Miami Open, he clarified that he is a supporter of PTPA. He believes the newly formed association is a better representation of players on the tour than ATP.

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“I’m definitely on the PTPA side. I think we are not under-represented, but I think there [are] ways that we could be represented better.”

Denis Shapovalov on the mistreatment of players

Shapovalov reiterated that players and tournaments are partners and the way players are treated is not correct.

“They are just telling us to go and play tennis which, in my opinion, it’s not right. They shouldn’t, you know, talk to us like that if we’re partners.”

During his match, Pospisil blasted a ball out of the court, broke his racquet, and abused the chair umpire. But that is not all, Pospisil, during the match, even said that ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi tried to shut him down in a recent meeting because he had created the PTPA.

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When did Novak Djokovic start PTPA?

PTPA or the Professional Tennis Players Association was started by World No.1 Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil last year. They alleged that players don’t have a say in the decisions taken by the ATP and the tournaments, and so decided to go ahead with a new association to better represent the players on the ATP and WTA Tour.

Moving over to Shapovalov, the Canadian had a good start to his Miami Open. He registered a three-set victory in the second round and will next play 26th seed, Hubert Hurkacz.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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