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ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi on Novak Djokovic meeting: 'We must defend the best interests of tennis'

Novak Djokovic dejected

ATP boss Andrea Gaudenzi has said he hopes to have a meeting with Novak Djokovic and the PTPA before the end of the year to bring more unity to tennis.

In August, Djokovic shocked the tennis world when he resigned from the ATP Players Council and announced he was leading a new players independent group, the Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA).

His announcement caused an immediate rift amongst key players, with many including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal speaking out against the new organisation.

It did, however, raise enough questions and potential support amongst the wider players to make it a concern for the ATP and the consequences on the game going forward.

Gaudenzi, has spoken out to say he welcomes discussions with the PTA, but he says tennis needs to come together more than ever after a hugely challenging year.

“Obviously, the period has been very complicated for the players,” Gaudenzi told Le Figaro.

“We were in the dark until the end of July on the date of resumption of the Tour and the holding of the US Open. There was frustration among many.

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“I have been a player myself and I understand their state of mind. We listened to their complaints.

“We will all meet together at the end of November and December.

“We are of course open to discussions [with Novak Djokovic and the PTPA], but the time has come for unity and not for conflicts.

“It wouldn’t work and everyone would lose. Tournaments need players and players need tournaments. We cannot make the necessary changes if there are divisions.

“We must fight together to defend the best interests of tennis above all."

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