Pro Tennis Civil War - The ATP Split...
(MARCA) In one camp, you've got the No's: Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, and Andy Murray. In the other, you've got the Aye's: Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic, and Diego Schwartzman. The creation of a PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association), a men's tennis players union headed up by Djokovic but opposed by the game's greats, like Federer, is certainly proving polarising. But with neither side backing down and the bad blood growing by the day - see Vasek Pospisil's meltdown last week at the Miami Open - where will this end?
Pospisil's outburst in his opening-round loss to Mackenzie McDonald was certainly candid. "[ATP president] Andrea Gaudenzi was screaming at me in a player meeting for trying to unite the players - for an hour and a half," he said. "If you want to default me, I'll gladly sue this whole organization." Pospisil later apologized, but his words revealed the tension behind the scenes that is threatening to engulf the game.
Tennis is approaching a crossroads
Will this idea wither and die? Or will it gain the wider backing it needs to succeed? Perhaps a likelier scenario is that by provoking such a debate, it might provoke the ATP into doing more for the greater good of the game.
But knowing how hard Djokovic fights to get what he wants, it could be a saga that rolls on and on.
Honestly, this has been a rumor that the disputes have been growing stronger and stronger amongst the men's tennis players. Rumors and reports have been clarifying that Novak has taken back his statement and opinion about the newly created, PTPA, and wishes to come back to the player's council for the ATP.
Let's be real though, most players that are considered professional athletes that float around the 300-500 ranking mark, are NOT making money. AND the fact that there hasn't been any talk about helping lower ranked players CONSISTENCY on tour has been a major issue. I will leave Reilly Opelka's tweets below that kind of sum up the current situation...