Novak Djokovic had things to say on Wednesday. Not necessarily about his final defeat against Daniil Medvedev (6-3, 6-3), who nevertheless places the world number one in a delicate position with a game left or double against Alexander Zverev for a place in half -Masters final. The Serb especially wanted to talk about politics after announcing that ATP refused his return to the Players Council because he was already part of another association, the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association). “The rule voted by the ATP board last night does not allow a player to be part of both the player council and any other organization in the tennis ecosystem“, he said.
Djokovic first explained that he himself had not asked to regain his place on this Council, from which he had resigned three months ago to found the PTPA with Vasek Pospisil, and that he was. the same goes for the Canadian. “I see that people write about my candidacy for the Council, which is not true, he insisted. I was nominated by the players and that’s how it works. I did not act proactively. Neither does Vasek (Pospisil). Both of us have been nominated by a wide range of players. For me, this is a strong sign and of course I feel responsible and honored to be able to represent the players.“
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But it is above all the reason for this refusal that the Serb wanted to speak. And express his disappointment to see ATP feel that a player could not be part of two associations at the same time. “I do not see any conflict of any kind in being a part of both the PTPA and the ATP Players Council, he explained. I also didn’t see it in August when the PTPA was founded. With this rule, it’s a strong message from the ATP that they don’t want the PTPA in the system and no players involved in the board and the PTPA at the same time. It’s a shame to see such a position taken by ATP. But ok, now we know where we are.”