Novak Djokovic’s idea of forming a new Players’ Association is again getting criticism and this time from Rafael Nadal. Additionally, Nadal believes that it is not the right time to form a breakaway Players’ Association.
Just before the starting of the US Open, both Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil resigned from their respective positions in the ATP Players Council. In addition to this, both announced the idea of forming a new association.
When they asked the players to sign up in favor of this decision, many tennis greats stood against this, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Nadal just ahead of the Rome Masters expressed his opinions on the breakaway association. He said, “I understand the dissatisfaction of some athletes who signed the proposal. But there are many unanswered questions.”
“I Think This Is Just Not The Right Time”- Rafael Nadal
Moreover, world number two also said, “I think it is just not the right time. And even if we were not in the current situation, many things are still not clear. There are a number of things that are not right. We are going through a world crisis in every single aspect.”
Besides, the Spaniard also added, “It is a difficult time for all of us, for players, for the organizers, for the whole tour.”
“We should stick together, and not pursue each of us our own interests”, Nadal said.
Besides Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and the ATP have also criticized Djokovic’s decision to form a new Players’ Association.
Rafael Nadal has expressed his opinions on this topic before as well and said that “Disunion is definitely not the situation.” Additionally, he asked for the unification of the game and asked the players to stick together during such difficult times.
While some tennis greats are against the formation, many have also come in support of the idea to form a new Players’ Association. Additionally, Serena Williams also appreciated Djokovic’s idea.