Rafael Nadal: ‘Novak Djokovic is trying to do the right thing with PTA, but…’

Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic is ‘trying to help’ lower ranked players with the PTPA, but he maintains his belief it is unnecessary.

Djokovic led a breakaway from the ATP Players Council earlier this year to form the new independent Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), although he has been accused of dividing tennis as a result.

Nadal and Roger Federer, along with others, have come out against the new PTPA, and he says he has not spoken to them and still questions what problem they are trying to actually solve.

“They know my opinion,” Nadal said when asked if he has held fresh talks with Novak Djokovic over the PTPA.

“I will say one thing: They are creating this organization and they are trying to help the rest of the players more than us.

“[That] we are in the situation that we are today is not because of [just] me and Roger. Novak and Andy (Murray) and the top players went to the Tour and asked for what the other players we think deserved.

“If we compare the Tour today to five, six, seven, eight years ago, the improvement in terms of the income that the lower-ranked players have been significantly higher.”

Novak Djokovic dejected

Djokovic has publicly claimed that not only is the PTPA needed, but it has been needed for more than two decades, and it exists to fight for the rights of all the players, not just those at the very top of the game.

Nadal, though, believes there is no real difference in terms of intent and remit between the two organisations.

“This does not mean that we (ATP Council) are not trying to keep helping and to keep promoting the idea that if more players are able to survive from our sport, our sport is gonna be bigger,” he said.

“We are talking about what we can do to try to make that happen, but we believe that we don’t need to create another organization to make that happen.

“The idea (of the PTPA) is not different; the approach is completely different.”

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