“Does Not Mean That They Help Tennis More Than Other Players”: Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic’s PTPA

Published 11/17/2020, 5:10 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Back at the US Open, Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil shocked the world with a certain proposal. They wanted to form a new association called the PTPA to represent the players. As it is with any idea, there were many people who opposed it, and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal was one of them.

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Since the announcement, there have been many clarifications made by Djokovic. This is why Rafa was asked about whether he has changed his opinion on the PTPA. He replied:

“Novak knows what I think about it.  Just because they created this organization does not mean that they help tennis more than the other players who believe in the usual structure, within ATP. If we have experienced positive situations, it is thanks to the involvement of Roger, mine, but also Novak and Andy because we have always had the concern to ask others what they needed. “

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his semi final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

A major topic in tennis today is the pay gap between the top-ranked players and the lower-ranked players. Rafa feels that they have been successful in tackling this through the existing system. He said:

“If we compare his income. 5, 6, 7 or 8 years ago to today it is clear that we have significantly reduced the gap between the lowest-ranked and the best players. We know that we have to keep working on this, but we do not consider that another organization is necessary.”

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Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 15, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his group stage match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Toby Melville

Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals

The PTPA is certainly a big topic in tennis at the moment. However, right now, Rafa is not going to be giving it much thought as he is competing at the ATP Finals.

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Nadal has started off extremely well there as he beat Andrey Rublev in straight sets. Now, he will be facing Dominic Thiem, who beat him at the 2020 Australian Open. He will be seeking revenge and all of his fans are hoping that he will get it when he plays today.

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Rishi Karthikeyan

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