Mon. Sep 21st, 2020

The launch of Novak Djokovic’s breakaway gamers entire body just prior to the U.S. Open totally blindsided the ATP player council and could undermine the framework of the men’s tour, acting president Kevin Anderson informed Reuters.

Djokovic sent shockwaves by the sport final month when he stepped down as head of the ATP council along with members Vasek Pospisil, John Isner and Sam Querrey and announced the formation of the Skilled Tennis Gamers Association (PTPA).

“From the council standpoint, specifically the timing, the communication, the way this came to be, it can be not one thing we had mentioned or communicated so I truly feel like we have been blindsided by it,” Anderson stated in a mobile phone interview from the United States.

“I will not agree with how they are going about it and the technique. I will normally respect their hard work to aid the gamers, I imagine that is a terrific point. But that is what we have completed in the council and what we carry on to do.”

Djokovic has described the PTPA, which has currently attracted the help of much more than 150 gamers, as a platform for the views of the athletes that can co-exist with the ATP.

Tennis governing bodies have, nevertheless, opposed the move and termed for unity now that the sport has just resumed right after a lengthy shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Player council members Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal have echoed these sentiments, though some other leading names in men’s tennis have asked for much more clarity.

Djokovic had voiced his disappointment at that opposition prior to he was sensationally disqualified from the U.S. Open on Sunday.

“I kind of will not agree with Djokovic’s premise there on what he defines as opposition simply because I truly feel it can make it sound like we’re towards this strategy of assisting gamers,” stated Anderson.

“We’re all gamers ourselves, we’re in this with each other. It truly is genuinely vital that we stick with each other, simply because when we are united we are strongest.”


The Association of Tennis Pros (ATP) was set up by gamers in 1972, but its board now involves equal representation for tournament owners.

Anderson, who has played two Grand Slam finals, failed to see how the PTPA could co-exist with the ATP underneath the present framework.

“If we do go down this path of gamers wanting to have sole representation, the tournaments also are going to have sole representation,” the 34-yr-previous stated.

“And if this occurs, I truly feel that the full ATP framework will come apart and we will have to come up with a new framework, and we have no strategy what that will seem like.”

The amount of gamers pledging help for the PTPA had been “illuminating”, Anderson stated.

The South African accepted that problems relating to prize cash and pensions have been irritating for gamers but stated he considered actual progress had been manufactured in the eight many years he had been on the council.

“If you seem at the PTPA agenda, 75%-80% of that was currently getting mentioned at the ATP degree inside of the council,” he stated.

“We have meetings with our management, we’re pushing them extremely tricky, we hear other players’ voices loud and clear.

“I know the do the job and hard work that is gone on behind the scenes to get us right here, but there is nonetheless much more do the job to be completed.”

New ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi presented a system to the gamers in January addressing a amount of vital problems, which include collective Television rights across the sport and bringing all governing bodies closer with each other.

“At that time the complete council, which include Djokovic and Pospisil, made the decision to give the new management time to place this system into movement,” Anderson stated.

“And then at the U.S. Open, Pospisil and Djokovic made the decision for their very own factors that now’s the time to develop this PTPA.”

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