The best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, is competing in Turin at the Final Masters of the ATP season, and at the press conference after the victory over Andrey Rublev, he spoke about the division within the ATP and the PTPA organization, which he founded together with his colleague Vasek Pospisil.
Djokovic commented on an interview recently given by Bob Green, one of the founders of ATP. He said in that conversation that the then world number one, Mats Wilander, was the absolute leader and that he set one unit that is extremely important for both ATP and PTPA, as a refreshment in tennis organizational thought in professional tennis.
"I read Green's interview, he is one of the founders of ATP and it was very interesting. What I was left with, even though I knew it from before, but I am glad that such a big name as him, who participated in the founding of the ATP organization, said that at that time the division of profits was 50/50 between tournament and player."
"Today it is much less. With ATP we have somewhere between 25 and 30 percent, so some 26, 27 percent, on average what players get with ATP." "As for the grand slams, the average is twice lower, there is somewhere around 11 percent, 12.
I don't know if anything has changed in the last two years." "I mean, it has changed in terms of increasing the prize fund, but in the last two years it's not because of COVID, but it's going in that direction.
Interestingly, the media write in that direction as players get a larger amount of prize money, and it is not written about how much the Grand Slam or some tournament has increased its turnover." "Proportionally, much much more than what was received on the other hand in the form of a prize fund for players, "said 34-year-old Novak Djokovic.
"It is a very sensitive topic in our sport and I have never hesitated to talk about it because I think it is very important. I know it's a finger in the eye of many tournaments or people in the politics and business of tennis, who just don't want certain information to come out and players to know how things are run."
"This is exactly one of the biggest reasons why PTPA was founded and why that organization must exist because we do not have 100% representation and representation of player rights. We just don't have it. This system that has ATP, no matter how much I appreciate ATP on the one hand, without further ado, that structure does not work."