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Rafael Nadal repeated he would not be signing up for Novak Djokovic’s Professional Tennis Players’ Association despite having similar ambitions to the breakaway group. Nadal currently sits on the ATP player council – along with Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
“No, I didn’t speak to him about this,” said Nadal after his opening ATP Finals win over Andrey Rublev. “I practised with him the other day, but no, no, didn’t talk about this situation.
“They know my opinion, but I tell you one thing, not because they are creating this organisation they are trying to help more the rest of the players than us, that we believe in this structure, no?
“If we are in the situation that we are today is because not me and Roger but Novak included and Andy and the top players went to the tour and asked for what the other players we really think they deserved. So if we compare the tour today through five, six, seven, eight years ago, the improvement in terms of the income that the lower-ranked players have are significantly higher, no?
“And that’s not mean that we are not trying to keep helping and to keep promoting the idea that if more players are able to survive from our sport, our sport gonna be bigger, of course yes, and of course we are talking about what we can do to try to make that happen, but we believe that we don’t need to create another organisation to make that happen. That’s all. But the idea is not different; the approach is completely different.”