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Novak Djokovic gives major PTPA update: '75% of the top 500 male players have agreed to join'

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Novak Djokovic has given a big update on the progress of the PTPA, saying that 75% of the top 500 male players in the world now support it. 

The PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association) appeared to have divided tennis last summer when Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil formed it, with many accusing the pair of trying to affect a political power grab in the sport.

Players such as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer came out against the plans, though Djokovic himself always maintained it was designed to simply give players another option for representation, nothing more.

Now, though, it appears that resistance may be in the minority, with Djokovic insisting the independent players union is now 'inevitable.'

"We reached out to all the players in the top 500 - top 350 singles, top 150 doubles on the men's side, and we are also reaching out to the female tennis players," Djokovic said

"Things are going a little slower with the women's side.

"But we are progressing. We are moving forward. We have some concrete things actually on the table right now.

"We have a couple of very wealthy and influential people, successful people in business that are tennis fans that are from the United States and that are behind us, supporting us financially and also with their advice and consultations.

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"They are participating in every conference call that we have. They are helping us create the structure and the foundation of PTPA that will be exactly what we imagine it to be - the association that will represent the players' rights as best as possible.

"We did have a few conversations with the ATP, but until we set everything up, I think in terms of structure and the legislation of the PTPA, there is no reason to extend the talks with the ATP.

"When we are ready, we will reach out and try to find a mutual language and common ground with everyone.

"As I mentioned before, PTPA, as a players organisation, needs to co-exist in the tennis ecosystem with the ATP, WTA, and all the other entities in sports and all the other institutions.

"It's inevitable, now it's happening and, you know, we've so far had over 75%, if I am not mistaken, reaching 80% of the support from the 500 players on the men's side that I mentioned. 75% of them are supporting us and signed the document and agreed to be part of the PTPA.

"So that's great news. As I said, we are moving forward, and let's see what is going to happen in the next couple of months, but we will definitely have some changes and news to talk to you about."

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