Novak Djokovic reaches out to legend Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens so as to make an attempt in bringing women into the formation of a new Players Association.
Additionally, Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil earlier resigned from their respective positions in the ATP Players Council. They now aim to form a new association so as to have a louder voice in the decision making of the game.
The idea of the formation was criticized as no women member was involved. However, this may no longer be an issue as Djokovic goes ahead to ask Williams and Stephens to join the association. Moreover, Djokovic also informed that discussion to involve the WTA members are going on.
He said, “We do have conversations, ongoing conversations, already.” Besides, he also added, “I have spoken to Serena about three days ago. Also to Sloane. Vasek has talked to Sloane.”
“We Are Not Going Against ATP”– Novak Djokovic
“So, yes, you have to ask Sloane. Obviously I do not want to talk on her behalf and Serena. But there are conversations happening between us. I am going to reach out to more female tennis players”, Djokovic said.
In addition to this, Djokovic said, “It is a process. It is going to take time. We also do not the majority of the players in the top 500 singles or top 200 doubles at the moment. We are gradually increasing. Our priority is to grow these numbers as much as we can. We have patience and not rushing anywhere.”
Moreover, world number one Djokovic also added, “We are not going against ATP. We do not want to shut anybody down. For us, we are not a conflictual organization. We feel like we are legally allowed to coexist and we should coexist with everyone.”