Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Djokovic, Jabeur on committee of controversial tennis gamers physique

Novak Djokovic. File
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Novak Djokovic and girls’s world quantity two Ons Jabeur have been named Wednesday on the primary government committee of the controversial Skilled Tennis Gamers Affiliation (PTPA).

Serbia’s Djokovic, the previous males’s primary, was instrumental within the creation of the PTPA, having stop as president of the ATP Participant Council in 2020 to launch the breakaway organisation.

The ATP runs males’s tennis. The PTPA is impartial of the ATP and its girls’s equal, the WTA, and says it needs to present gamers a better voice within the sport.

Six different gamers have been additionally named on the manager committee, or management physique: Paula Badosa, Hubert Hurkacz, John Isner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Vasek Pospisil and Zheng Saisai.

The committee is “centered on advancing participant rights, rising and bettering the enterprise of tennis”, the PTPA stated in an announcement from Melbourne, forward of subsequent week’s Australian Open.

Talking in Adelaide final week, Djokovic stated: “In the case of PTPA, a participant organisation that’s 100% dedicated to gamers, we do not have something like that in tennis.”

The 35-year-old, some of the profitable males’s gamers of all time, admitted that “we weren’t accepted and embraced by Grand Slams, ATP nor WTA, so it makes issues tough for us”.

“However this affiliation must reside,” he stated.

“It must be there as a result of gamers do not have 100% illustration within the tennis world, sadly.”

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