“These Are Political Games”- Novak Djokovic Lashes Out At ATP Over Players’ Council Issue


Novak Djokovic had a rather rough Wednesday. He got outplayed by Daniil Medvedev in straight sets(6-3,6-3) in the Nitto ATP Finals 2020 match. And later had to deal with a situation regarding the ATP players’ council.

Djokovic had earlier announced his exit from the council as President. The idea was to find the Professional Tennis Players Association(PTPA) along with Candian tennis player, Vasek Pospisil.

Cut to now, he stated his nomination for a return to the player council. While this was good news, an overnight ruling floated by the ATP preventing anyone from holding two posts simultaneously, came to the Serb as a shock.

Until Tuesday night, I wanted to cooperate with ATP as one of the co-founders of PTPA, but a new rule was passed according to which someone cannot be a member of the Council and any other organization within the tennis system at the same time,” said the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Djokovic has not held back one bit in lashing out at the ATP and the media alike for their non-cooperation towards him and PTPA.

They sent a clear message about what they think about it, they prevented us from being in the Council – we did not apply as presented in the media, but they nominated us, I repeat,” Djokovic added. 

“So ATP goes against what most players want. These are political games behind the scenes, but they are rarely written about, it is important to write that Novak is a hypocrite,” he expressed in disgust.

The PTPA has had mixed responses from both former and current players. It is worth noting that both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer denied being a part of PTPA.

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Novak Djokovic And His Vision With Professional Tennis Players Association(PTPA)

Novak Djokovic has been clear in stating that the PTPA was founded with the whole of co-existing with the players’ council.

Djokovic has mentioned that it is only his duty to work towards improving the system for the larger group of players. He also expressed that few people think otherwise.

The PTPA is there to be part of the ecosystem and support the players unlike the ATP council where the players only represent 50% of the voting rights, the other 50% being held by the tournament directors,” Djokovic added.

The Serb, however, seems determined and has mentioned that it only motivates him to keep doing the good work he already is.

This is just the beginning for PTPA, we will see what our next strategic move will be, from now on we will have to approach the management and business of PTPA a little differently,” he concluded.

Novak Djokovic will have all to play for in the match against Alexander Zverev on Friday. While his drubbing at the hands of Medvedev may not help his confidence, we know the irresistible force that the 33-year-old can be. It’s a must-win encounter for both parties.

Quotes translated in English via Google Translate

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