Following the first round victory against compatriot Kristie Ahn, former world number one Serena Williams expressed her opinion about the newly-formed - and already much discussed - Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), an independent body from the ATP strongly wanted and created by Novak Djokovic together with the Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
In the last few hours we have witnessed the stance of numerous tennis players, including those who agree to the birth of a new independent organization with respect to the ATP and those who, on the other hand, do not consider it appropriate to leave the Association Tennis Professionals (including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal).
Williams: "I'm always with Djokovic, but I want to know more"
It is an extremely delicate moment that the world of tennis is experiencing today, grappling with the most serious crisis since the second post war: we are obviously talking about the Coronavirus emergency, which made it necessary, among other things, a five-month stop to all competitions, both male and female.
It is also for this reason that players like Federer and Nadal have called for greater cohesion between players, rather than a move away from the ATP. "I would be very interested in learning more about the PTPA", commented Serena Williams, "because I have the impression that I cannot formulate an idea without going deeper.
I'm always on Djokovic's side, of course. At the same time, however, I have been on the WTA Tour for thirty years and I am aware of many of the things that are happening. I would like to, but I really couldn't say more.
I have a feeling that Novak has very strong opinions which are often right. Yes, I just have to wait ”. In addition to Federer and Nadal, the Scottish Andy Murray has also decided not to make any secret of his reluctance to the idea of Djokovic & Co: the British has in fact highlighted the absence of WTA players, in his opinion fundamental in a project of this type.
Whatever happens, only time will tell whether the new PTPA will be long-lived or not. Both Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic reached meanwhile the third round of the US Open 2020, the second Slam of the season after the cancellation of Wimbledon and the move of the French Open at the end of September: the begin of the French tournament on clay-courts is setting for 31 September 2020, with some news, like the new roof of the Philippe Chatrier and the lights.