The ongoing tussle between ATP and PTPA doesn’t seem to have an end. Novak Djokovic’s PTPA has accused ATP of not listening to the players in their 30-year plan. But now, Daniel Vallverdu, who is Stan Wawrinka’s coach, has issued a public letter slamming the PTPA for acting on the concerns of “some” players.
Vallverdu also acts as the coaches representative for the 2021 ATP Player Council and has said that people who are watching from outside and have absolutely zero intention to create dialogue are questioning ATP.
“I would like to express my disappointment with the PTPA – Their disruptive and undermining public message towards the Player Council and the ATP, I am an advocate for a strong and sustainable player representation – which I firmly believe the Player Council and Player Board deliver. Easy to condemn and undermine when watching from the outside with absolutely zero intention to create dialogue over the last year to educate and inform themselves about the concerns “some” players might have,” he said.
Vallverdu claimed that ATP want nothing but good for the players and what PTPA are claiming is false. “The fact that the PTPA has the audacity to describe the future plans of the ATP as a “back room deal, with no player input” I find ignorant and insulting to the players who spent hours, days, weeks and months discussing the plan and defending the players best interest. The PTPAs accusations and assumptions couldn’t be further from the truth. I hope there are no hidden personal agendas apart from representing their supporters.”
“To all the players confused with all the disruptive information by the PTPA – i just want to say, the Player Council has your best interest and of course there is room for improvement but the ATP Structure is sustainable and protects not only you but future generations,” he concluded.
Novak Djokovic asks ATP to delay the vote
Two days ago, world no.1 Novak Djokovic had issued a lengthy statement on twitter, asking for the ATP to delay an upcoming vote on its 30-year plan. The statement implies that PTPA have asked for meetings with the ATP, and sent lists of questions they would like to be answered.
“With our mission in mind, we have repeatedly asked the ATP to delay the vote on their 30-year plan until the players understand how it will impact their health, wellness rights (digital and/or otherwise) and their ability to make fair wages,” the statement read.
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