American tennis player Ryan Harrison has once publicly backed Novak Djokovic’s PTPA.
“This goes all the way across the board, from player prize money to success for tournaments outside of Masters 1000 and Grand Slams (many 250s are struggling to break even ),” Harrison wrote.
“The bottom line is this isn’t personal,” Harrison wrote. “It’s not about if your favorite player is Roger, Rafa, Novak or Andy. It’s not about if the people on the ATP council are trying hard. This is a broken system. This is a system that has proven incapable of being successful and has been left far behind from other sports. Every sport is adjusting all the time to become more marketable and tennis has failed.”
Djokovic started his Wimbledon campaign with a win
On Monday, Djokovic beat Jack Draper 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon second round.
“It feels great seeing everyone and being back on probably the most special, the most sacred tennis court in the world,” said Djokovic, in an on-court interview.
“Obviously, alongside many other players, I was very sad last year that Wimbledon was cancelled. [It was] very difficult times for everyone, but I’m really glad that the sport is back and hopefully you guys have enjoyed it and you will enjoy it in the next couple of weeks.”
After the match, world No. 1 Djokovic praised Draper.
“He definitely deserves a round of applause,” said Djokovic. “He’s a youngster, only 19. [I] hadn’t seen him play too much prior to the Queen’s tournament, [where] he played pretty well and won a couple of matches against higher-ranked players. Walking onto Wimbledon’s Centre Court for him for the first time, I think he has done extremely well. He carried himself very maturely on the court. I think he behaved well, he backed himself, he believed that he could come back, and he deserves credit for that. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career.”