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Novak Djokovic Says He Had No Hard Feeling Over Roger Federer,Rafael Nadal Union Snub
"I think there is a place for players association. There always has been a place for players association," he added.
Novak Djokovic Says He Had No Hard Feeling Over Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal UNion Snub
New Delhi: On Wednesday Noval Djokovic said that he held no animosity towards the rivals stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after they snubbed his call for the formation of the new player's association.
Federer and Nadal called for the "unity,not separation" after the Djokovic revealed at the weekend that he was spearheading a controversial breakaway union for the professional male players.
Djokovic after progressing to the US Open third round said"I respect, of course, completely their choice that they don't want to be involved in it at the moment".
"They don't think it's the right time. That's fine. That's their opinion. I disagree with that."
Djokovic also mentions that his idea was not a new one and that he was just following up on what the previous generations have attempted to do."
"For a players' association, it's always the right time, and it has been the right time for the last 20 years. Somehow it was never really accomplished, never really realized. Right now it is. We are moving forward," he added.
From a set down to defeat Britain's Kyle Edmund5/7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the US Open Wednesday Djokovic recovered.
Also, he said it had "not been easy" dealing with the storm caused by his announcement during his bid for an 18th Grand SlamIt is intended as a "platform" to give players a louder voice, Djokovic explained.
"We have the highest of intentions for players. I mean, this is the only thing we have. We don't want to fight anyone. We don't want to fight for existence with ATP, ITF (International Tennis Federation), or any other governing body."I think there is a place for players association. There always has been a place for the players association," he added.
"It's just that right now obviously there are people that just don't want that to happen because there's a certain structural system in place that has been protecting them. I understand that. That's fine."