Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both are competing at the Italian Open. Yet, both have still not discussed anything political, and nor do they have any intention to do so. Earlier, Nadal accused Djokovic of going for his interest, when deciding to form a breakaway Players’ Association.
However, the world number one still stands at his decision. Additionally, the Serb claims that people are simply misunderstanding his intentions behind coming up with the decision to form a new Players’ Association.
Besides, Djokovic and Nadal are playing in the same tournament after a very long time. The last time they played together in the same event was way back in January, in the Australian Open.
However, Djokovic has no intent to talk about any issue other than tennis. Djokovic, at the end of his second-round match, said, “I saw him very, very briefly, very quickly and just said hello.”
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Additionally, he also said, “We did not chat about tennis politics or anything like that. And that is not going to happen during the tournament.”
Talking about the chances of talking on such issues, Djokovic said, “Maybe there will be time for that. Next week before Roland Garros, when we do not have matches for maybe three-four days. Maybe that would be a chance to do it.”
Before, Djokovic defeated Italian Salvatore Caruso in the second-round match of the tournament. Additionally, the new Players’ Association has received huge attention and hype given the timing of this decision. Besides, Novak will also be the head of the first players only tennis association after 1972.
Djokovic earlier resigned from his position as the head of the ATP player council. Besides, Pospisil too gave his resignation. While there are mixed reactions coming from the tennis players, Serb is ready to clear all the misunderstandings regarding the formation.
He said, “The main point of the Players’ Association is that’s something you are referring to you know as I was saying in New York is not that we want to fight ATP, ITF, Grand Slams, or anybody else.”