Former doubles world No 3 Rohan Bopanna is calling for tennis players to stand behind Novak Djokovic and support the PTPA. In 2019, Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil co-founded the PTPA as their main goal was to have an organization that would ensure better conditions and rights for ATP and WTA players.
Djokovic’s PTPA wasn’t welcomed at all by the ATP as ATP CEO and Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi openly criticized the organization. “I am proud to be part of the Professional Tennis Players Association, the PTPA. I really believe it’s a need of the hour.
We as current professional tennis players need to have one voice in order to really push for more transparency, more opportunities not only for us as tennis players currently who are playing, but also for the future generations of tennis players.
We have to believe in the power of our voices and together we can really make this change for the betterment of our sport. So let’s all go out there, support PTPA to really be that one voice to make a difference in our sport and bring the change what is really going to benefit for all us professional tennis players.
Thank you PTPA for helping all of us,” Bopanna said, per Sportskeeda.
Bopanna calls for players to support Djokovic’s PTPA
Just before the start of this year’s Australian Open, the PTPA shared big news – they announced their first-ever PTPA committee.
On the committee, there are several well-known names such as Djokovic, Ons Jabeur, Paula Badosa, Hubert Hurkacz and John Isner. Also on the committee, there are Pospisil, Saisai Zheng and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. “This organisation was founded on the belief that every player must be respected, protected and guaranteed their rights, and the PTPA Principles will serve as our compass to ensure we live up to those standards.
The PTPA will thrive only through collective voice and the strength and solidarity of the players. We are prepared to face both the challenges and opportunities ahead to advance the rights of all players,” said Pospisil on the announcement.