“There Was a Lot of Dirty Politics Being Played”: Vasek Pospisil Explains Reasons to Make PTPA

Published 11/28/2020, 8:30 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)


Canada’s star Vasek Pospisil has been in the limelight recently for matters with regards to out of the court. Vasek has been distancing himself from the ATP Players council citing they are ‘not for all’ the players. He felt there was an injustice done to players who did not belong to the elite group.

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Not so long ago, on the eve of the US Open this year, Vasek joined Novak Djokovic and formed the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association). They created this organization in hope of voicing the opinion of other players. 

Vasek Pospisil: ATP Is Playing Dirty Politics

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Recently while speaking to Pospisil he said, “I’m a man of principle, and when I could see how things were being run, and a lot of times dirty politics and most players were being lied to and brainwashed…” “it needs to be cleaned up, and reality is that it’s hurting the players.”

Tennis – ATP 250 – Sofia Open – Arena Armeec Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria – November 14, 2020 Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in action during the final match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

In an interesting run into events, Pospisil and Djokovic were nominated by players to join the ATP Players council again. However, the new rule prevents any player from being part of two active organizations simultaneously. 

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Players like Nadal and Federer have called for unity and for everyone to work together as a single unit. We’re currently living in difficult circumstances. Divisions at such a juncture would only drive attention away from where the focus should be. Organizers and governing bodies are working hard to get things in order.

Pospisil Has a Versatile Game

Speaking of Pospil’s performances on the court, he’s made it to the quarter-finals at the 2015 Wimbledon, which was his best performance in a grand slam singles event. Nonetheless, the Canadian has had greater success in doubles. Fans would remember his partnership with Jack Sock in which they lifted the trophy after winning the final at Wimbledon in 2014. They beat the Bryan brothers in a 5-set epic match. Since then, not much has gone in his favor. Inconsistent performances along with surgery on his back did take an effect on his results.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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