“Not Where We Want It To Be”: Novak Djokovic Disappointed With Slow Progress

Published 11/12/2021, 9:25 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been the player on the men’s tour in the past few years. The manner in which he has gone about things over the past decade has been second to none. His influence on the game extends to the off-court activities, as well. 

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In 2020, Djokovic decided to step down from the president of the player council post of the ATP. After which he decided to set up his own organization, the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association). However, things have not gone according to the Serbian star’s liking. 

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Recently, Novak Djokovic was talking about this topic. He stated, “PTPA is not where we want to it be in terms of our long-term goals.” The World No. 1 player feels that because he has not received support from people associated with the sport, the organization is taking longer to reach where it needs to be. 

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Besides Novak, Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil was the co-founder of the PTPA. The main reason they decided to form this organization was that they felt that the lesser-known players were not treated equally and their voices were not been heard. During the US Open 2020, Djokovic and Pospisil decided to change things. The organization was formally formed in 2021, registered as a not-for-profit in Canada. 

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Coming to tennis, Djokovic has done wonders this season. After claiming the first three Grand Slam titles of the year, the Serbian ace has now equaled his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles each.

Besides, he has broken a few records held by his rivals. During the season, he overtook the Swiss maestro by holding the top spot in the rankings for the most number of weeks. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 5, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his quarter final match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Last week, he surpassed Nadal after winning his 37th ATP Masters 1000 title in Paris. There is one last stop in Turin, the ATP Finals 2021. It will be interesting to see how he does in the final tournament of the 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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