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Alexander Bublik will follow Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as he refused to sign up with Novak Djokovic’s idea to set up the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). Nadal and Federer were two of the leading voices in opposition. Djokovic has formed a breakaway union to try and fight for the rights of lower-ranked players.
But the world No 44 Bublik will not follow suit, even if he is one of those who could benefit the most. Vasek Pospisil, one of Djokovic’s strongest allies, threatened to sue the ATP during a meltdown on court at the Miami Open last week.
“I saw the video where Vasek tried to sue the ATP or whatever,” Bublik said. “I’m not with PTPA. “I enjoy what I make. Of course if Novak makes me earn more, I’ll say thank you. But I won’t fight for it. At the end of the day, ATP feeds us, and I don’t want to go against it because I don’t see anything that Novak or Vasek can really sue them for.”
When the PTPA was announced last year, world No 2 Nadal was quick to voice his opinion.
“Just because they created this organisation doesn’t mean they help tennis more than other players who believe in the usual structure,” he said. “If we have experienced positive situations, it is thanks to the involvement of Roger, myself, but also Novak and Andy, because we have always been concerned with asking others what they need.
“If we compare the earnings of five, six, seven or eight years ago to today, it is clear that we have significantly reduced the gap between the lowest ranked and the best players. We know that we have to continue working on this, but we do not consider that another organisation is necessary.”