Novak Djokovic had a chat with ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi forward of the Italian Open in Rome concerning his breakaway players body, the world primary mentioned, reiterating that the brand new affiliation might be a “positive addition” to the boys’s Tour.
In a shocking proceed Djokovic stepped down as head of the ATP player council last month together with members Vasek Pospisil, John Isner and Sam Querrey and introduced the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).
“I did meet Andrea. We had a player meeting and he did a presentation for us. It was about two days ago,” the Serb advised reporters after shifting into the third round in Rome with a win over Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso.
“We stayed for about two and a half hours and I stayed all the way through. I had a chat with him as well privately. We don’t have any issues.
“We always had a very transparent and open relationship, Andrea and myself. We have known each other for many years. I respect him a lot.”
Djokovic has described the PTPA, which he mentioned has already attracted the help of greater than 200 players, as a platform for the views of the athletes that may co-exist with the ATP.
Tennis governing our bodies have, nevertheless, opposed the proceed and known as for unity now that the game has resumed after a prolonged shutdown as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We never said we want to boycott or separate ourselves from the ATP or anything like that. We want to work together in this ecosystem with ATP and everyone else,” Djokovic mentioned.
“The Players Association is going forward, it’s very important for us to have a 100% players representation.”
Djokovic’s proceed has met opposition from Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal whereas performing player council president Kevin Anderson failed to see how the PTPA may co-exist with the ATP below the present construction.
Djokovic mentioned he had exchanged greetings with Nadal in Rome however was but to speak with the Spaniard in regards to the PTPA.
“That’s not gonna happen during the tournament for sure,” Djokovic mentioned. “Maybe there will be time for that next week before Roland Garros when we don’t have matches for maybe three-four days and maybe that will be a chance to do it.”