Gilles Simon has given his backing to Novak Djokovic and the PTPA, insisting that tennis players ‘are not represented enough’ in tennis.
In August Djokovic led a breakaway from the ATP Players Council along with Vasek Pospisil to create a new independent union.
The idea is for it to exist alongside the Players Council to give players at least a choice of representation with many unhappy with where the priorities lie in the ATP.
Despite that intent, it has been met with distrust from the ATP. Simon, though, has thrown his support behind Djokovic.
“I sat on the ATP Players Council for a long time,” Simon explained. “I think that players are not represented enough and that we need better organization. That’s why I’m with Novak.”
“There are those who do not like or follow Novak Djokovic because he is so committed and polarized.
“Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are more diplomatic, less political.”
Despite agreeing with Djokovic on the current political issues within tennis, though, Simon says he can understand why the Serbian can be such a divisive figure in tennis.
“On other points, however, I do not share his opinion at all,” he added. “It’s often a bit extreme – but that’s obviously what makes it so good.”
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