‘Incredibly Ignorant’: Vasek Pospisil Blasts ATP Chairman for Monopolising Tennis

Published 12/18/2021, 8:50 AM EST
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)


Over the past couple of seasons, there has been a lot of animosity between certain players and the ATP. Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil have expressed objections to the current way of ATP’s functioning and advocated for a change in governance structure. 

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Recently, ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi commented that players on the Challenger Tour should take care of their own expenses. He even compared their situation to that of students in a university. To that, the Canadian tennis professsional took objection. 

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He blasted the ATP’s Chairman and stated, This is incredibly ignorant from the so-called leader of the ATP and the sport of tennis. A multi-billion dollar industry yet this man feels it’s ok for only the top 100 players to make a living. This is what happens when you completely monopolize the sport. #changeiscoming #PTPA.”

Djokovic and Pospisil have been disappointed with the ATP 

Andrea called the challenger tours, where the majority of men’s tennis players compete, an ‘investment’ and further said, “I don’t think it will ever be possible to have a sustainable tour at that level.”   

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Vasek Pospisil and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic established the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association) with the view of helping players outside the top-100 earn a living for themselves through professional tennis. The recent statement made by the ATP Chief highlights the exact reason why Djokovic and Pospisil came forward with the idea for alternate governance.  

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Victorious Novak Djovokic of Serbia shakes hands with Vasek Pospisil of Canada during Day 4 of the Aegon International Eastbourne tournament at Devonshire Park on June 28, 2017 in Eastbourne, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Coming to tennis, Pospisil had an ordinary year on Tour this season, with a 8-16 record. He’s currently ranked at 133 in the world and will be hoping for a strong 2022 season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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