Novak Djokovic says Professional Tennis Players Association should have been part of Wimbledon decision | Tennis News

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BETTING: World number one Novak Djokovic said on Wednesday his group of breakaway players should have been at the negotiating table when the decision was made to strip Wimbledon of ranking points.
Tennis governing bodies last week took away ranking points at Wimbledon after organizers of the grass-court Grand Slam decided to exclude players from Russia and Belarus following Ukraine’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow.
Djokovic and Canadian Vasek Pospisil resigned from the ATP Player Council on the eve of the US Open in 2020 and established the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) to better protect players’ interests .
The move was met with fierce opposition from tennis governing bodies, but Djokovic said the PTPA should be an integral part of the tennis community.
“We are still a young organization, and it takes time to put a structure in place in the system. But it will probably take the longest time and be difficult for us to really be accepted as part of the system. At the moment , we are not.” Djokovic told reporters when asked what role the PTPA could have played in negotiations over the ranking points issue.
“We’re not at the negotiating table where we should be, because we’re not just recognized by Slams or anybody else.”
Djokovic will lose the 2,000 points he earned winning the Wimbledon title last year and the Serb is among many players who will be affected and could drop in the rankings due to the decision.
The decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points has been criticized by many players this week, but Djokovic does not expect it to be reversed.
“I just think the system has failed players so many times and that’s why PTPA needs to exist, because when it comes to these kinds of big decisions, a lot of player voices aren’t enough. heard,” he said.
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