Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic resigned from the ATP player council with the intention of form a separate body for tennis players. While Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have disagreed with it, the Canadian tennis star believes that they can support in the future.
Djokovic and Pospisil proposed the new player’s body on the eve of the US Open 2020. It aims to give self-governance for the tennis players. And It will be independent of the ATP.
The new association would be opened to the top 500 singles players and the top 200 men’s doubles players in the ATP ranking. Additionally, they have been trying to include women’s players as well.
However, seniors in the ATP tour Federer and Nadal have rejected their proposals over the concern of the status quo. Besides, they said, “It is time for unity. Not for separation.”
While the racket sport was affected by a pandemic, the lower-ranked players still have great difficulty making ends meet at the end of each month.
“He’s(Nadal) very aware of some of the struggles the players have had the last 20 years”- Vasek Pospisil
In a recent press conference, World No.72 Vasek Pospisil picked Rafael Nadal when he was asked who(Roger or Rafa) would be likey to join the new association.
Additionally, the 30-years-old also explained, “Probably the best one that I think is most likely is Nadal. I don’t know him very well but I’ve heard that he is generally behind the players, has been behind the players a little bit more in previous years, and maybe he has less personal interests. And I think he would maybe be the best one, the first one that would support it.”
“I think of Roger and Rafa I believe Rafa probably will be more likely to be the first one to support it. If that ever happens. But of course, I like to think it will because this is all just for the interests of the player and he’s still, he’s a player.”, Canadian added.
I don’t know what he plans to do after he retires, but I think that he’s very aware of some of the struggles the players have had in the last 20 years. I know he’s been vocal about it in the past, so I don’t see why we couldn’t have constructive conversations with him and see how it goes.”, Vasek Pospisil concluded.