Novak Djokovic had a talk with ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi ahead of the Italian Open in Rome relating to his breakaway players body, the sector primary stated, reiterating that the brand new affiliation generally is a “positive addition” to the lads’s Tour.
In a surprising transfer Djokovic stepped down as head of the ATP participant council closing month at the side of participants Vasek Pospisil, John Isner and Sam Querrey and introduced the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).
“I did meet Andrea. We had a player meeting and he did a presentation for us. It was about two days ago,” the Serb informed newshounds after moving into the 3rd spherical in Rome with a win over Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso.
“We stayed for about two and a half hours and I stayed all the way through. I had a chat with him as well privately. We don’t have any issues.
“We always had a very transparent and open relationship, Andrea and myself. We have known each other for many years. I respect him a lot.”
Djokovic has described the PTPA, which he stated has already attracted the toughen of greater than 200 players, as a platform for the perspectives of the athletes that may co-exist with the ATP.
Tennis governing our bodies have, then again, antagonistic the transfer and referred to as for cohesion now that the game has resumed after a long shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We never said we want to boycott or separate ourselves from the ATP or anything like that. We want to work together in this ecosystem with ATP and everyone else,” Djokovic stated.
“The Players Association is going forward, it’s very important for us to have a 100% players representation.”
Djokovic’s transfer has met opposition from Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal whilst appearing participant council president Kevin Anderson failed to look how the PTPA may just co-exist with the ATP below the present construction.
Djokovic stated he had exchanged greetings with Nadal in Rome however was once but to talk with the Spaniard concerning the PTPA.
“That’s not gonna happen during the tournament for sure,” Djokovic stated. “Maybe there will be time for that next week before Roland Garros when we don’t have matches for maybe three-four days and maybe that will be a chance to do it.”