Vasek Pospisil’s curious reaction at the Miami Open last Wednesday was not the typical tirade you see when a player feels close to defeat. With wholesale insults towards ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi, he brought to light an obvious malaise that, at one point this week, included a possible boycott of the tournament.
Pospisil, 30 years old and number 67 in the world ranking, has an important position in the world of tennis as a co-leader, together with Novak Djokovic, of the separatist Association of Professional Tennis Players (PTPA), the union created last year to represent the interests of those frustrated with the structure of the ATP tour.
As a result of this conflict of interest Voices appeared in support of the tennis player who lost his temper and the opening match in the tournament against Mackenzie McDonald. “For an hour and a half yesterday, the ATP president was yelling at me for trying to unite the players. Bring him here. You can disqualify me and I will gladly sue the organization,” said the Canadian in the middle of the break between sets.
One of them was that of John Isner, an experienced American player who predicted: “Better days are ahead for Vasek and the players.”
What happened with @VasekPospisil was unfortunate. Emotions got the best of him, and unfortunately, that happens sometimes. Fact remains that hes spent countless hours fighting on behalf of his colleagues on the ATP Tour. Better days ahead for Vasek and the players. #playersvoice https://t.co/z1Olkfp0Rz
– John Isner (@JohnIsner) March 26, 2021
Another was Steve Johnson who was primarily focused on bringing the pros together: “We need to start supporting the unity of the players on the ATP Tour.”
We need to start supporting player unity on the ATP Tour. With the events that took place in Miami with our leadership we need more now than ever a #playersvoice time for the players to stand together !!
– Steve Johnson (@ SJohnson_89) March 26, 2021
Probably the man who has been on the circuit the longest is Ivo Karlovic and he was not far behind: “I was not at the meeting but, from what I heard from the players who were there, it is now more obvious than ever that we need an association only of players”.