Players support Vasek Pospisil’s battle against the ATP

Novak Djokovic, along with a lot of men's players, came out in support of Vasek Posipisil, who was reportedly berated by the ATP chief

Novak Djokovic (left) was one of the leading players to support Vasek Pospisil

Many of the men’s players, led by World No 1, Novak Djokovic have come out in support of Vasek Pospisil after the Canadian’s meltdown in Miami.

Pospisil and Djokovic co-founded the hugely controversial Professional Tennis Players Association in August last year. It is purported to be a ‘players only’ body, as opposed to the ATP, where tournaments at 50 per cent stakeholders.

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In the run-up to the Miami Open, during an ATP meeting, Pospisil was reportedly yelled at by ATP chief Andrea Gaundenzi. According to Open Court website, “Gaundezi and company really went after him (Pospisil). They called him things like ‘ignorant’ and ‘uneducated.’”

The Canadian was reportedly reduced to tears and was pretty ‘shaken up’ by the meeting when he took court against Mackenzie McDonald in the first round of the Miami Masters on Thursday.

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Pospisil launched a tirade against Gaudenzi during the match, calling the ATP chief, ‘F*king A*hole.’ He later apologized publicly for his on-court behavior.

Players like Djokovic, Milos Raonic, Ivo Karlovic and John Isner have lent their support to their shaken colleague, using the hashtag ‘Players voice’ on twitter.

“Concerning matters at hand, I am not in Miami,” Djokovic wrote.

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“However Vasek Pospišil is my good friend and I empathize with him wholeheartedly. Players on tour would agree that he is an individual of the highest integrity who cares about the well being of his fellow competitors.

“I am hopeful players recognize the importance of standing together.”

Raonic chimed in: ‘Player unity is needed now more than ever. Voices need to be heard, respected and acknowledged. Don’t try to silence them, but work with them.”

The PTPA has maintained that it is not a rebel body and is looking to co-exist in the current ecosystem of tennis. It, however, has not found favour with the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

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Legends of the game, like Martina Navratilova, have accused its creators of trying to drive a rift in the game especially when the sport needed a more united front to tackle the havoc wreaked by the pandemic.