ATP Tour accused of ‘conflict of interest’ by American ace: ‘Our board members do NOT serve tennis’

Reilly Opelka has backed John Isner in his criticism of the ATP Tour, alleging almost half of their board members have ‘a conflict of interest.’

Isner was highly critical on social media of the ATP last week, pointing out that while players have been asked to take big cuts in prize money due to the coronavirus pandemic, ATP executives have kept their full salaries.

Opelka, the world number 38, agrees with his compatriot, going further to say those executives not only want all of their money, but also none of the risk, and saying they are not good for the game.

“Hard for things to change when our board members do NOT serve terms,” Opelka tweeted.

“Also, almost 50% of our board members would be considered “conflicts of interest” in any other sport or company.”

Tennis was forced to stop for five months in 2020 due to the initial outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, eventually reopening for the Cincinnati Masters and US Open, which were both held in New York.

Opelka, though, says there were some prominent absentees when the ATP Tour resumed.

“Not only are they not willing to take a salary cut, but they are also not willing to show up to any of our events.

“[I] was really shocked when our execs were not present when we reopened in Cincy/New York.

“If I break even, then it’s a big week for me!”

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