Last year Novak Djokovic, Vasek Pospisil and 60 other ATP players announced the creation of the PTPA on the eve of the US Open, in a move that took the governing bodies of world tennis by surprise.
This new association would aim to better protect the interests of tennis players, especially for the benefit of second-tier athletes. The PTPA was quickly criticized for not involving women in the process, but Djokovic made it clear that he had already spoken to numerous WTA players so that both circuits are represented.
The number 1 in the world has always spent a lot off the pitch, collecting certificates of esteem from colleagues and professionals. The Serbian phenomenon, who has not played since the Tokyo Olympics, will make his return to the US Open to complete a historic Grand Slam.
The 34-years-old from Belgrade has announced that he will not defend the title he won in Cincinnati in 2020. In a recent interview with the New Yorker, WTA legend Billie Jean King, one of the most important figures in the history of the sport, expressed some thoughts on the PTPA .
Billie Jean King skeptical of PTPA
She said: “No one from the PTPA has come to talk to me, so I don’t even know what exactly their thinking is. When I was in Wimbledon, I kept asking people for information but no one could give me certain directions. They’ve definitely improved their website, they’ve started involving women too, heavy names like Novak Djokovic’s are at stake, all of which are relevant to me. However, I don’t know how many people intend to follow the project.”
The latter advised the members of the PTPA to continue working without attracting too much attention. She added: “If I had been them, I would have acted behind the scenes rather than generate all that mess.”
Most of the best players on the tour will be playing at Cincinnati’s ‘Western & Southern Open’ this week, with the exception of the Big 3. Djokovic will return to New York, while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s future is more uncertain than ever.