“A Disrupter”: Novak Djokovic Reveals Talking to Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian About PTPA

Published 06/26/2021, 1:37 AM EDT
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Serena Williams of the United States talk during the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


The Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA) recently held an online video press conference, which co-founders Novak Djokovic, Vasek Pospisil, and newly appointed executive director Adam Larry attended. Interestingly, during the session, Djokovic opened up about the involvement of 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams with the PTPA.

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Notably, Djokovic and Pospisil are both former ATP Player Council members, the Serbian being the president. However, they realized that the players did not get a say in the big decisions regarding the sport. Ergo, they formulated the players’ association, which started before the 2020 US Open.

“We have tried the conventional way, and we are trying now the unconventional way,” Djokovic said.

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Novak Djokovic briefs on Serena Williams’ involvement with PTPA

Firstly, the 19-time Grand Slam champion reflected on how the player’s association came into the picture. Up until now, 70% of male professional players have joined them, with the female numbers still unknown.

“You start to realize that the players are not represented in the way that they deserve and in the way they should be. I feel like many players are figuring out,” Djokovic said, “that we need to do something more than just trying to be satisfied with the little information that we are getting.”

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Furthermore, the current World No.1 shared that he contacted Serena Williams regarding PTPA during the French Open 2021. He now looks forward to meeting her again at Wimbledon, along with her husband, Alexis Ohanian.

“I’m planning to talk with her again here in London,” Djokovic added. About her husband, the co-founder of Reddit, “A disruptor and very successful entrepreneur who has some ideas that he would like to share with us,” the Serbian enlightened.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Serena Williams of the USA reacts as Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks during the 2016 Australian Open official draw at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

No doubt, Serena’s involvement would give PTPA a push further towards their cause. “At some point, I think, they’ll [ATP] realize when we have this many players that it’s important to collaborate with us,” Pospisil said.

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Also, they are confident that the governing body of male tennis players would soon start communicating with them.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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