Serbian Novak Djokovic 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 at the 1000 Masters in Rome against Salvatore caruso.

09/16/2020 at 3:46 PM CEST


Djokovic announced on Twitter before the start of the US Open that he was working on forming an independent union called the “Professional Tennis Players Association” (PTPA), to which some players like the Spanish Rafa Nadal, the swiss Roger Federer or the british Andy Murray they showed their opposition.

“I met Andrea (Gaudenzi, ATP president) 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 their match won 6-3 and 6-2 against Caruso.

“Everyone has their opinion, but no one said 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 enter soon. We are making progress. I think we can work together with the ATP, we want to all be united, we do not want fragmentation, “said the Serbian.


And as regards Rafael NadalHe 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“, said.

Nole, four times champion in Rome, returned to compete after being disqualified at the US Open for giving an involuntary pitch to a linesman during the round of 16 duel against the Spanish Pablo Carreño and assured that he felt very “comfortable” on the track.

I did not regain happiness (thanks to this victory), because I am happy in life, I have no joy only if I win a match. What I said is that New York was the first time something like that had happened to me and mentally I had highs and lows for four or five days. Then I had a good preparation, I was excited to play an official game after what happened, because I wanted to remove everything that could create problems for me, if there was one, “he said.