New York, August 29
No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and former top-30 member Vasek Pospisil could be the co-presidents of a brand new group they’re attempting to set as much as characterize males’s skilled tennis gamers.
A letter emailed to gamers—and obtained by The Associated Press on Friday—pushes the formation of a Professional Tennis Players Association, abbreviated PTPA.
Sent round shortly earlier than Monday’s begin of the US Open, the letter says its goal is “to solicit support from players to form an association with a mandate to promote, protect and represent the interests of its players … and protect the future of tennis.”
Tennis gamers by no means have had a union the way in which North American workforce sports activities do. Each participant is taken into account an unbiased contractor.
“Unlike many other professional sports, men’s professional tennis has never had a representative body that is represented for players by players,” the e-mail mentioned.
The males’s tennis tour is organised by the ATP; the ladies’s tennis tour is run by the WTA. Djokovic is the president of the ATP Player Council and Pospisil has been a member for 2 years, however he tweeted Friday night time that he was resigning.
“It has become clear that, as a player council member within the current structure of the ATP, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to have any significant impact on any major decisions made by our tour,” Pospisil wrote.
There was discuss earlier this yr, prompted largely by tweets from 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, about the potential for merging the boys’s and girls’s excursions.
This proposal would arrange one thing only for males ranked within the prime 500 in singles and prime 200 in doubles.
“The goal of the PTPA is not to replace the ATP but to provide players with a self-governance structure that is independent from the ATP and is directly responsive to player-members’ needs and concerns,” the e-mail mentioned.
The letter mentioned the PTPA could be ruled by board of trustees with as much as 9 members, elected yearly.
The trustees would appoint two co-presidents with two-year phrases—and that first management duo could be Djokovic, a 33-year-old from Serbia who owns 17 Grand Slam singles trophies, and Pospisil, a 30-year-old from Canada who gained the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title and is at present No 92 in singles.
Among the areas the PTPA would look into, in response to the e-mail: ATP and event guidelines and laws, income sharing, disciplinary actions, pensions, journey, on-site meals and facilities, insurance coverage and medical care.
There could be a dues construction with gamers paying an quantity based mostly on their rating—from a excessive in singles of USD 1,500 for these from 1-50 all the way down to USD 75 for these in spots 401-500, and a excessive in doubles of USD 1,000 for these 1-30.
The whole charges listed within the letter would usher in USD 3,17,500 every year.
The e mail asks gamers to signal a letter backing the PTPA, and says “if a significant number of players support this initiative we will move forward” with writing bylaws and proposing a board of trustees.
At least one participant is on the report as saying he’ll signal on: 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic.
“Players have had plenty of time to think and reflect and take a look at certain parts which they may not be happy with and discuss,” Raonic mentioned Friday after reaching the Western & Southern Open closing.
“A lot of us were kept in the dark by our leadership for six months. We were disappointed with many things. I voiced my opinion on many things, such as … executives in other sports taking pay cuts to support us. As tennis players, we weren’t making a dime for months and months. … Lower guys weren’t making a dime,” Raonic mentioned.
“But our executives were staying home and didn’t feel it necessary to take any pay cuts. I pushed for that on every single phone call we had.” AP