Tennis is one of the worst-hit sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, there have been many talks about the changes in policies in the sport. However, there was a conflict of interest between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in one of the initiatives proposed to the ATP Player Council.
The Canadian tennis player and the member of ATP Player Council Vasek Pospisil lift the lid on the ‘Big Three’s’ stance on an initiative introduced by him. Pospisil had proposed a plan of making a players union for the betterment of the sport. However, he revealed that Federer and Nadal did not agree with Djokovic in this matter.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal wanted to go by themselves
Pospisil suggested that Nadal and Federer took the matter in their own hands when they were told about the movement. However, there were 80 players including Djokovic, who opted for the initiative of making a players union.
“Tennis is extremely International. So unionizing players is not that easy because you have all these conflicting labor laws from different countries. It’s a very tricky, difficult scenario. But when I got injured last year I tried to have a crack at it. We are definitely closer than ever. We are definitely more unified than ever before,” Pospisil said in an interview with TSN.
Talking about the support of ‘Big Three’, he said: “Novak was sort of it from the get-go. At one point we were 80 of the top 100 male players signed onto the engagement letter, Novak being one of them. I had like 12 of the top 20, but when we went with Roger and Rafa they were not in favor.”
“Actually, they just wanted to go themselves and talk to the Grand Slams, which is something that went against the gist of what we were trying to do. It’s a shame, to be honest,” he added.
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Pospisil also revealed that he has had great conversations with Federer and he is a great guy. The Canadian acknowledged that the Swiss maestro agrees with a lot of issues.
However, in the end, he didn’t support the original and real movement. Vasek explained that slowed it slowed down a bit, but in the end, the mass of players is more powerful than just the couple of guys.
Tennis tour came to a standstill for an indefinite period since early March due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The sport is incurring a massive loss due to the shutdown. Moreover, the players at the lower echelons are struggling to make a living. Hence, tennis should certainly unite as a sport to go through this tough situation together.