Tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal do not agree with the creation of a new players‘ association, which was founded by world number one Novak Djokovic. According to them, tennis players should stick together rather than be divided during the time affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday, Djokovic announced the establishment of a new organization, the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). Due to this, he also resigned from the ATP gaming board, and so did Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who stated that it is currently not possible to make the necessary changes as a board member.
Djokovic and Pospisil informed about the establishment of the PTPA in an e-mail, in which they stated that their goal is not to replace the current leader of the ATP organization. Above all, they want to provide players with independent self-government that will respond directly to their needs and concerns. „We are not calling for boycotts or starting a new competition tour,“ said Djokovic.
However, Nadal and Federer do not agree with the world number one. „We live in a complicated and challenging time, so I think we should be united, not divided,“ Nadal wrote on Twitter. „We live in uncertain and challenging times, so I believe that as players and as a sport we should be united. That’s the best way forward,“ Federer added.
„Of course I would like Roger and Rafa to support us. I would like all players to support us. But I understand them, „said Djokovic. „I completely understand that some players have a different opinion and think that now is not the time for a change,“ added the Serbian tennis player.
Andy Murray doesn’t like the idea of starting players‘ unions either. The former first player in the world would give the new ATP leadership, led by former player Andrea Gaudenzi, more time to work since January. In addition, he does not like the fact that PTPA should only represent men. „The joint organization would carry much more weight,“ Murray was quoted as saying by the AP.
Original article: iRozhlas.cz