Novak Djokovic confirms Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal snub after reaching out

Novak Djokovic has confirmed that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have rejected his offer to join up with his newly-formed Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) after he reached out to the legendary pair.

Until now, tennis stars voiced their opinions and thoughts through the ATP players council, which Djokovic chaired until he quit in September.

The world No 1 feels a completely separate entity is needed to get the best possible benefits for the players.

Federer and Nadal are two of the biggest legends of the game but they are refusing to get involved.

“Before we have created PTPA I have spoken to both Roger Federer and Nadal and they did not want to take part in it,” Djokovic revealed.

“I’m not criticising anybody, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

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“Would I love it for them to join us? Of course I would. But we keep going,”

Djokovic insists he did not create the new body to rebel against any of the current authorities.

And there is no doubt that his power will be much less without the iconic duo Federer and Nadal.

But he felt there was a vital need to set up the PTPA and he has found lots of support from his peers.

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“Between the tournaments, Vasek Pospisil and I are working on setting up the structure,” the Serbian added. “We are not stopping.

“Given that there was a lot of resistance, that a lot of people tried to discourage us, we had a lot of blows in America, I just know people see it differently.

“I have already pointed out why it must exist. It did not just occur to us, but it is an idea that has existed for more than 20 years.

“Goran [Ivanisevic] is my coach, he was in the first generation that wanted to establish such an organization.

“There were more attempts, but due to various factors they failed. Tennis is a global sport, it is popular all over the world and it is very important.

“But on the other hand, tennis is out of the top 10 when it comes to exploiting its full potential.

“There is a problem, because there is a monopoly and a system that government for decades, and when people are in ruling positions then it is not in their interest to change.

“I did not participate in founding the organization to oppose anyone. The goal is to represent the rights of tennis players, we know we have a long way to go.”

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