Novak Djokovic Details Meeting With ATP Chief About the New Players’ Association

Published 09/17/2020, 5:33 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 16, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani


Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil shocked the tennis world with their proposal during the US Open. They wanted to form a Professional Tennis Players Association or the PTPA to protect the interests of the players. Now, in a recent statement (courtesy of Reuters), the Serb revealed that he had a conversation with the ATP Chairman regarding this. He said,

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“I did meet Andrea. We had a player meeting and he did a presentation for us. It was about two days ago. We stayed for about two and a half hours and I stayed all the way through. I had a chat with him as well privately.” 

The Serb did not reveal any specific details of the conversation. However, he indicated that the discussion had a positive outcome. In the same statement, he said,

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“We never said we want to boycott or separate ourselves from the ATP or anything like that. We want to work together in this ecosystem with ATP and everyone else. The Players Association is going forward, it’s very important for us to have a 100% player representation.” 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 16, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his second-round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

Novak Djokovic is trying to convince others

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Every new idea is bound to face resistance. Unfortunately for Novak, his proposal is being opposed by none other than his Big 3 counterpart Rafael Nadal. The latter feels that in times like these; the world needs unity and not division. However, the Serb revealed that he wants to talk with Rafa and clarify his stance. He said,

“Maybe there will be time for that next week before Roland Garros when we don’t have matches for maybe three-four days and maybe that will be a chance to do it.”

Clearly, the PTPA is very important to Novak, and he is very focused on ensuring its formation. But, right now, his main focus is on the Italian Open where he will be facing Filip Krajinovic in the round of 16 tomorrow.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

“Not Beautiful”: Rafael Nadal Experiences Unusual Atmosphere at Italian Open 2020

8 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Rishi Karthikeyan

783 articles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT