World number one Novak Djokovic and some other players recently stepped down from their position at the ATP players council. Followed by, Djokovic and co laid the first stone for a breakaway association with more than a hundred players interest.
While Senior players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal disagreed with new player’s association, Serb said we would take to next level despite rejections. Afterwards, Djokovic met ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi, and they had discussed more than two and a half hours as well. Eventually, Djokovic also announced they don’t have any issues as well.
In a recent talk with lefigaro.fr, president Gaudenzi has cleared his stance on Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). The former Italian tennis player said, “Obviously, the period was very complicated for the players. We were in the dark until the end of July on the date of the resumption of the circuit and the holding of the US Open.”
“There was frustration among many. I have been a player myself, and I understand their state of mind. We listened to their complaints.”, he added.
“We Must Fight Together To Defend The Best Interests Of Tennis”: Andrea Gaudenzi
Whereas Djokovic believes there is no right time to form an association, the president says the time call for unity instead of disputes. Gaudenzi also said, “We will all meet together at the end of November and December. We are, of course, open to discussions, but the time has come for unity and not for conflicts.”
“It wouldn’t work, and everyone would lose. Tournaments need players and players need tournaments. We cannot make the necessary changes if there are divisions. We must fight together to defend the best interests of tennis above all.”, he concluded.