Updated: March 27, 2021 9:35:46 am
Tennis star Novak Djokovic has backed Canadian player Vasek Pospisil, who was involved in an incident at the Miami Open that occurred on Wednesday. The World No.1, who is a partner with Pospisil in the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association) took to Twitter on Saturday to voice his appreciation, along with several other top pros such as Milos Raonic, Ivo Karlovic, John Isner, Steve Johnson and Rajeev Ram.
Concerning matters at hand, I am not in Miami. However Vasek Pospišil is my good friend and I empathize with him wholeheartedly. Players on tour would agree that he is an individual of the highest integrity who cares about the well being of his fellow competitors. 1/2
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 26, 2021
Pospisil apologised for his on-court conduct and a profanity-laced rant aimed at ATP Tour chief Andrea Gaudenzi during his first-round loss to American Mackenzie McDonald at the Miami Open on Wednesday.
The tantrum, which included angrily hitting a ball out of the court and shouting at the chair umpire, began when the world number 67 smashed his racket on the court late in the first set of his 6-3 4-6 6-3 defeat.
A verbal abuse penalty on set point then cost him the first set and Pospisil launched into an expletive-laden tirade against Gaudenzi, who he said had been “screaming” at him in a meeting on Tuesday for “trying to unite the players”.
“For an hour and a half. The leader of the ATP. Get him out here. Why am I supporting this?” he said to chair umpire Arnaud Gabas, threatening to sue the ATP if he was defaulted.
I want to sincerely apologize for my behavior on the court in Miami earlier today. I disrespected the game I love and for that I am truly sorry. By way of explanation, I felt deeply unnerved during a meeting between players and ATP executives last night, and.. [1/2]
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) March 25, 2021
“Concerning matters at hand, I am not in Miami,” Djokovic wrote. “However Vasek Pospišil is my good friend and I empathize with him wholeheartedly. Players on tour would agree that he is an individual of the highest integrity who cares about the well being of his fellow competitors. I am hopeful players recognize the importance of standing together.
Player unity is needed now more than ever. Voices need to be heard, respected and acknowledged
Don’t try to silence them, but work with them #playersvoice
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) March 26, 2021
— Rajeev Ram (@RajeevRam) March 26, 2021
. @VasekPospisil is a great guy with a huge heart. He has spent countless hours and headaches on behalf of all players. The stress of what you bring onto the court can be overwhelming while under pressure playing. It’s time that the players voices are heard. #playersvoice #PTPA https://t.co/DG3ETQnoiK
— Ryan Harrison (@ryanharrison92) March 26, 2021
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