Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number 1, denied that he wants to create a body to “boycott or separate” from the ATP, and stressed the importance of unity, after debuting with a comfortable victory in the Masters 1000 in Rome against Salvatore Caruso .
Djokovic announced in Twitter Before the start of the US Open he was working to form an independent union called “Professional Tennis Players Association” (PTPA), to which some players such as the Spanish Rafa Nadal, the Swiss Roger Federer or the British Andy Murray showed their opposition.
“I met Andrea (Gaudenzi, president of the ATP) two days ago. We were together about two and a half hours. I have no problem with him, we always had a good relationship. We have known each other for years. The main point of the Players Association it is not that we want to fight with the ATP, many people did not understand the subject of the Association of Players “, said Djokovic in the virtual press conference after his meeting won 6-3 and 6-2 against Caruso.
“Everyone has their opinion, but no one said that we want to boycott or separate from the ATP, we want to work together with the ATP. We want women to be within the Association, we want them to join soon. We are making progress. I think we can work together with ATP, we all want to be united, we do not want fragmentation, “said the Serbian.
And as regards Rafa Nadal, he assured that next week, at the end of the Rome tournament, it may be a good time to talk about the subject again. “I saw myself quickly with Rafa, we exchanged greetings, but we did not talk about tennis politics. This will not happen in the tournament, maybe there will be time after this tournament,” he said.