Diego Schwartzman on state of the PTPA and why Novak Djokovic plans to run for ATP Player Council again.
Novak Djokovic is poised to make a Player Council comeback.
Diego Schwartzman confirmed Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil both aim to run again for spots on the ATP Player Council.
World No. 1 Djokovic, John Isner, Pospisil and Sam Querrey resigned from the Council to become part of the newly formed Professional Tennis Players Association. Djokovic's fledging organization has gained support from top pros, and reportedly has about 200 of the Top 500 signed on.
Schwartzman said Djokovic, Pospisil and other PTPA members plan to run for the ATP Player Council to try to exert their voices from within the organization.
"Novak, Vasek, they want to be in the council again because is our voice in the ATP structure," Schwartzman said after his ATP Finals loss to Alexander Zverev. "But we still trying to have our association because it's different things, and we don't want to fight against ATP or the tournaments.
"No, no, we are just trying to work together and try to make tennis a better sport for everyone. Nothing else. That's why many are in the council again, because it's our voice in the ATP structure."
Djokovic and the PTPA aim to give player-only representation to the players when it comes to negotiating prize money and rule changes on tour. They plan to incorporate women into the fold, but started out focusing on men, which was viewed as a mistake by many.
The ATP announced last month that four new players have been elected to the ATP Player Council: Felix Auger-Aliassime (1-25 Singles), Jeremy Chardy (51-100 singles), John Millman (1-50 singles) and Andy Murray (At Large).
Kevin Anderson, formerly the ATP Player Council’s Vice President, will serve as its President.
Schwartzman said he believes the PTPA and ATP Player Council can coexist productively.
"I want to be clear about that. I mean, my point of view, we are not fighting against ATP," Schwartzman said. "We are not going against ATP. We are just trying to work together and have maybe a strong voice. It's just the only thing that many of the players are thinking. Many not, many not, you know."
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Source: Tennis – Tennis Now