Novak Djokovic said Wednesday he held no animosity towards rival stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after they snubbed his call for the formation of a new players’ organization. Nadal and Federer called for “unity, not separation” after Djokovic revealed at the weekend that he was once spearheading a controversial breakaway union for professional male players. “I respect, of class lesson, totally their choice that they do not need to be involved in it at the present time,” said Djokovic after progressing to the USA Open third round.
“They do not think it is the correct time. That’s fine. That’s their opinion. I disagree with that.”
Djokovic said his idea was once not a new one and that he was once just “following up on what the preceding generations have attempted to do.”
“For a players’ organization, it’s all the time the correct time, and it has been the correct time for the final 20 years. By hook or by crook it was once never in reality accomplished, never in reality realized. At the moment it is. We are moving forward,” he added.
Djokovic retrieved from a set down to beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the second one round of the USA Open Wednesday.
He said it had “not been easy” dealing with the storm caused by his announcement throughout his tender for an 18th Grand Slam.
But he also insisted the new organization would not form a rival tour to the ATP or boycott tournaments.
It is intended as a “platform” to give players a louder voice, Djokovic explained.
“We have highest of intentions for players. I intent, this is only object we have. We do not need to fight anyone. We do not need to fight for existence with ATP, ITF (International Tennis Federation), or any other governing body.
“I think there’s a place for players organization. There all the time has been a place for players organization,” he added.
“It’s just that presently obviously there are people that just are not looking for that to happen because there is a sure structural system in place that has been protecting them. I keep in mind that. That’s fine.”
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