Djokovic, president of the ATP player council, John Isner and Vasek Pospisil all resign as they prepare to launch a new players association that has Andrea Gaudenzi and the ATP executives understandably nervous. Our piecehttps://t.co/hQVhOm3DxX— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) August 29, 2020
While Novak, Vasek and Isner (vocal opponents of the last ATP President who ousted him for the new one) have quit the ATP player council (where Djokovic was president) to do so, other members of the council (including Federer and Nadal) have spoken out in favour of the ATP, claiming there are too many questions around the new association.
From the other side of the net .... pic.twitter.com/qomnM8ciFk— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) August 29, 2020
Murray added that he'd be more excited about the PTPA concept if there were women involved in it. Said that would send a more powerful message than just the men going alone.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 29, 2020
Some in the tennis world have pointed out the timing coinciding with Osaka's strike and the ATP/WTA striking tennis for a day suggests that the ATP players willing to join the association were upset with the decision to pause play at Osaka's stand. Murray's commentary and the lack of women involved seems to also hint at the reasoning.
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tbh I don't think a union is a bad idea, but the time/optics/players associated with this make me question what the actual reasoning is
ETA: Djokovic confirms this isn't a 'union' so I don't really know what the plan is.
He has also said he doesn't consider this a 'union'.
Djokovic: I'd love to have Roger & Rafa on board. I'd love to have all players on board but I truly understand (...) they don't think the time is right. I think the time is right. The time is always right. It's like having a baby. The time is never right or it's always right.— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) August 29, 2020