The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), co-founded by Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil, was established a few days before the 2020 US Open. The PTPA is back in the spotlight, just days before the start of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
The breakaway players association, which represents singles players in the top 500 and doubles players in the top 200 of the ATP Rankings, has selected Adam Larry as its new executive director.
Larry joined the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) in early 2006. His primary responsibilities included negotiating and maintaining license agreements from a legal and business standpoint, as well as supervising a team involved in non-labor-related chores.
PTPA has also hired ANACHEL, a brand, public affairs, and communications agency run by Carrie Gerlach Cecil, to oversee the association’s branding and messaging. It has also added five new members to its Advisory Board: Bill Ackman, Michael Hirshfeld, Rebecca Macdonald, Katarina Pijetlovic, and Anton Rabie.
Novak Djokovic, who is competing in doubles at this week’s Mallorca Championships, extended his gratitude to everyone involved in the PTPA and the new members for coming together for the “better welfare of the sport” in a press statement.
“I am eternally thankful to our advisory board, our PTPA team, and the players who have banded together to push for the greater good in our beautiful sport,” Novak Djokovic stated.
“We are aiming toward growth to assist all players, not just the top 100, in earning a sustainable living and having their rights protected on and off the court,” he continued. “From the top down, we must use our collective voices to aid players today and in the future.”
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June 22, 2021
Novak Djokovic-backed PTPA receives support from NBA Players Association
The PTPA has received support from several quarters, including the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
“We stand with our fellow athletes in tennis in the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association. The NBPA supports all athletes united to use their collective power to improve conditions and create positive change within their sport,” the NBPA said in a sta.
Just as it was at last year’s US Open, the PTPA is bound to be a major topic of discussion at Wimbledon, which gets underway on 28 June.
Coming off a historic Roland Garros where he became just the third male player in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams at least twice, Djokovic will be aiming to create some more records at the All England Club over the next fortnight.
A sixth Wimbledon crown would take him to 20 Grand Slam singles titles and tie him with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the highest number of Majors in men’s tennis.