Novak Djokovic only announced his resignation from the ATP players’ council in August. Now that he would like to go back to the players’ council, the ATP directors, including Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, decide on a new regulation. No player who is also a member of another tennis organization is allowed to join the players’ council Look reported. That includes the world number 1: The Serb founded the player organization PTPA in August together with the Canadian Vasek Pospisil. At this point, he left the ATP Player Council. The establishment of the PTPA was seen as an affront to the ATP.
Novak Djokovic sees things differently, however. The PTPA wants to work with the ATP. The idea of the founded organization is to protect the interests of the players. He sees no conflict in being part of both organizations. The other players had nominated him for election to the ATP players’ council. “It’s a nice sign for me, I feel responsible for representing these players,” said Djokovic.
The ATP apparently sees it differently: “But the message that is reaching us is pretty strong: The ATP does not want the PTPA in this ecosystem. You don’t want players in both structures, ”Djokovic told the newspaper. The Serb is also disappointed with the way in which the ATP got the message across: “It’s a bit disappointing because nobody at ATP has contacted me to tell me anything.”