‘Absolute nonsense!’ – Former top ten ace criticises Novak Djokovic over recent PTPA claim

Jurgen Meltzer has accused Novak Djokovic of making an ‘absolute nonsense’ claim about the ATP Players Council making a new anti-PTPA rule. 

Djokovic and fellow PTPA founder Vasek Pospisil were both nominated to re-join the Players Council last month after resigning in August to start the new independent union.

They were blocked from accepting the nomination though by, what they say, was a quickly approved new rule banning PTPA members from the Players Council.

However, according to Meltzer, that particular rule has been in place for ‘years’ and there are very good reasons for it.

“Novak Djokovic talks about the fact that certain regulations were put in place, overnight, so that no one from the PTPA was allowed to participate in the council,” Melzer said.

“This is absolute nonsense. These statutes have been in existence since 2006.

“It seems quite logical to me that it is impossible to be in two associations which are ‘concurrent’.

“So I am surprised that Djokovic is surprised. And especially that he thinks that this rule has been developed against him overnight.”

After being blocked last month from accepting the nomination to re-join the Players Council, Djokovic said: “This rule is a strong message from the ATP that they don’t want the PTPA at all or any player involved. It’s very clear.

“It’s unfortunate to see the ATP position is such as the rule they have voted on.”

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