Novak Djokovic: ‘It is now very clear the ATP don’t want the PTPA at all’

Novak Djokovic says he now knows that the ATP are wholly against the PTPA after a rule was passed that prevents him and Vasek Pospisil re-joining the Players Council. 

Djokovic quit the Players Council in August to start a new independent union, the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

He has said repeatedly that he wants to work with the ATP, not against them, and he was nominated to re-join the Council by some of their members, which he was happy to do while continuing to grow the rival body.

That path has been blocked though, with a new rule introduced saying any PTPA member cannot sit on the ATP Players Council – and Djokovic says he now knows exactly where he stands.

“I have been nominated by players and that’s how it works,” Djokovic revealed.

“I have not proactively run for the council but me and Vasek has been nominated by a large group of players. For me, that’s a great sign and I feel responsible and honoured to be able to represent players.”

On the new rule, though, he added: “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.

“Now we know where we stand and now we have to consider other strategic positions, and our next move in a different way.

“I do not see conflict of any kind in being part of the PTPA and the ATP Council. I didn’t see this back in August when the PTPA was founded and I don’t see it now. That is why I accepted the nomination,” he said.

“I have not been approached by anybody from the ATP on this matter.”

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