Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and different participants of the ATP Player Council spoke out Saturday in opposition to a plan put forth via top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil to get started a union of types for males’s tennis — bringing the game’s politics into the highlight simply earlier than the U.S. Open.
Also in opposition to the proposal: the ATP males’s excursion and the game’s different governing our bodies, together with the WTA girls’s excursion and the 4 Grand Slam tournaments. They issued a joint observation Saturday pronouncing: “It is a time for even greater collaboration, not division.”
Djokovic and Pospisil are searching for give a boost to for the formation of what they’re calling the Professional Tennis Players Association; they will be the co-presidents. They mentioned in an e-mail to gamers the PTPA is wanted to “promote, protect and represent the interests of its players … and protect the future of tennis.”
Unlike athletes in main North American crew sports activities, tennis gamers by no means have had a union to constitute them and jointly discount with possession about income sharing and different issues. Each tennis player is an impartial contractor.
“We are not calling for boycotts. We are not forming parallel tours,” Djokovic mentioned after profitable the Western & Southern Open on Saturday, two days earlier than play starts on the U.S. Open.
“Of course I would love to have Roger and Rafa on board. Of course I would love to have all the players on board. But I understand,” Djokovic mentioned. “I truly understand that some of them have different opinions and they don’t think the time is right.”
Djokovic has been the president, and Pospisil a member, of the ATP Player Council however each are resigning, as is John Isner.
Andy Murray mentioned Saturday he desires to give the present ATP management — former player Andrea Gaudenzi took over as CEO in January — extra time to paintings. Murray additionally does no longer like that the PTPA could be for male gamers simplest; there was once communicate previous this 12 months about the potential of merging the ATP and WTA.
Having a bunch representing women and men would ship “a much more powerful message,” Murray mentioned.
Federer and Nadal joined player council representatives Kevin Anderson, Jurgen Melzer, Sam Querrey and Bruno Soares in sending a notice to gamers elevating questions in regards to the proposal and pronouncing they’re in opposition to it.
“The world is living a difficult and complicated situation. I personally believe these are times to be calm and work all of us together in the same direction. It is time for unity, not for separation,” Nadal tweeted. “These are moments where big things can be achieved as long as the world of tennis is united. We all, players, tournaments and governing bodies have to work together. We have a bigger problem and separation and disunion is definitely not the solution.”
Federer quote-tweeted his on-court rival to say he consents and added: “These are uncertain and challenging times, but I believe it’s critical for us to stand united as players, and as a sport, to pave the best way forward.”