Novak interview... Biggest criticism of ATP I ever heard...

jga111

Hall of Fame
A bit of sarcasim there but it is obvious the end goal of this endeavor is a more equal pay since he hopes to increase the salary of the lower. There is a reason not many of the top players are part of the PTPA and that is because his goals comes at a cost of the top players.
I am sure pay of lower ranked players can significantly increase even without equality being met
 

mr tonyz

Professional
He isn’t the atp - distribution needs to be systemic - not empathetic
Oh of course he isn't the ATP. Djoker is just the current ATP world number one, has broken most of the ATP records & is the All-Time-Career-Prize-Money earner.

No he is not the ATP, but boy has he amassed an absolute fortune from the very corporate structure of the ATP.

For me this equates to the difference in dishing out a few dollars to some homeless bum on the streets & making yourself feel "good" in the process making yourself believe that you've made a difference in that dudes life vs actually taking in that homeless bum & giving him a home & making sure to rehabilitate him amongst all the other things one must do to actually make a difference.

Real charity always starts from home, as they say.
 

mr tonyz

Professional
I'm just thinking if anyone ever did such a thing, to "donate" an annual salary to the top 200 in any individual sport & how they could manipulate & control their "employees".

For every broken raquet the Djokovic Foundation shall dock said player $500 u.s.d. For every profanity uttered/yelled on court $250 docked from your "annual donation" etc ...

I'd wonder considering that each ATP player is his own soul-trader in essence if it we to be a legal issue for the ATP if a top dog were to ever "buy out" the tour from the backdoor that way. I'd definitely have my popcorn ready ;P

Meddies insincere "yawn" -$5 Rubles :D
 

guga_fan

Semi-Pro
I'm just thinking if anyone ever did such a thing, to "donate" an annual salary to the top 200 in any individual sport & how they could manipulate & control their "employees".

For every broken raquet the Djokovic Foundation shall dock said player $500 u.s.d. For every profanity uttered/yelled on court $250 docked from your "annual donation" etc ...

I'd wonder considering that each ATP player is his own soul-trader in essence if it we to be a legal issue for the ATP if a top dog were to ever "buy out" the tour from the backdoor that way. I'd definitely have my popcorn ready ;P

Meddies insincere "yawn" -$5 Rubles :D
This is a strange take. If the problem is the current structure with tournaments not sharing enough of the revenue with the players, how would Djokovic donating his money to other players solve the issue? It’s not about charity, but about decent money distribution between the organization and their players.

It seems to me he tackles the problem in a much more logical way, as long as this isn’t a vailed plot for acquiring influence and money while not changing anything for the players.

I hope PTPA works so that we might see a different structure for players.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Djokovic needs to withdraw his services and go on strike to bring the tour to its knees taking his followers with him. That's the most effective way for him to make the ATP listen.
 

mahatma

New User
A rival tour will be an interesting twist here.

Also a lot of sports like football, cricket have benefitted by introducing leagues. Maybe that is a good way. Don't see tennis getting popularity as much as it has now in next decade or so without innovating in formats, new leagues and good storylines to follow as a spectator.

Novak while he may be having issues with less revenue split with lower ranked players. But it's quite strange that top prize money is in Grand Slams where only top 128 participate ( or make grandslams a 512 player, 3 sets event etc).

So unless you make more interesting events for people to follow you ain't getting any additional revenue for smaller events and hence no prize money for lower ranked players.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
The reality is that the ATP/WTA are the monopoly providers of tennis labour, apart from the ITF which was the original monopoly holder, but this is the trend in a lot of the corporate world for decades or even more.

Djokovic can only play the friend of the working man if he has the billionaire backers who can set up a rival tour, and he may have done just that from what I've read previously.
But if you are in Djokovic’s position, don’t you have the money and the power to distribute enough additional money to the lowest ranked player if you so choose?

Djokovic could set up a philanthropic donation to fund travel scholarships to smaller tourneys. If it is successful in its goals (whatever those goals may be), then others might wish to donate later so that the new more socialistic distribution of pro Tennis wealth continues.
 

BH40love

Rookie
Does he want the ATP to take back some of his prize money and distribute it evenly since he feels it’s unfair.
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
This is a strange take. If the problem is the current structure with tournaments not sharing enough of the revenue with the players, how would Djokovic donating his money to other players solve the issue? It’s not about charity, but about decent money distribution between the organization and their players.

It seems to me he tackles the problem in a much more logical way, as long as this isn’t a vailed plot for acquiring influence and money while not changing anything for the players.

I hope PTPA works so that we might see a different structure for players.
Over the past ten years, tournaments have increased what the top players earn. Djokovic (and Nadal and Federer) has benefited from that.

One way to solve this problem, would be to lower the champion's prize money and take a cut of the money organizers make. Then distribute that throughout the lower rounds. Is this the only way? The best way? Up for debate, but it is one way.
 

Sudacafan

Bionic Poster
I just listened his interview...it was so harsh on ATP that I can't believe he said what he said... I can't repeat, but hope soon it will be published... This will be big, I guess... Stay online...;)
I’m intrigued about what he said. Anyway, I think he should get the vaccine.
 

T007

Professional
If Djoker cares so much for more even distribution of prize money on the tour, he could literally lead by example & pay a portion of his prize-money/endorsements & evenly distribute it towards the 'poorer' side of the tour. Djoker could literally afford to pay 200 pro level players x 50k each (10M). Which would still be around a paltry 5% of his net worth so he should after his "grandiose act of charity" be left with something north of 200M + all the rest we'll never know about ...

It's called "Taking a lot & giving back just a little & looking like a really nice person in doing so"

p.s i know, he has been good enough to earn such fortune as all other "Cream of the crop" pro athletes before/currently/future have done/will do. But all this pandering when he himself is sitting on an absolute goldmine due to the very structure of the governing body that he is purportedly in stern opposition to for this very reason, well ...

It's quite amusing to say the least :)
You exposed the Djoker
 

mr tonyz

Professional
This is a strange take. If the problem is the current structure with tournaments not sharing enough of the revenue with the players, how would Djokovic donating his money to other players solve the issue? It’s not about charity, but about decent money distribution between the organization and their players.

It seems to me he tackles the problem in a much more logical way, as long as this isn’t a vailed plot for acquiring influence and money while not changing anything for the players.

I hope PTPA works so that we might see a different structure for players.
50K annually would make a huge difference (that alone should cover accommodation/meals for a journeyman on tour for a full season & possibly leave some change for equipment & some other little luxuries like a handful of massages etc ...) & Djoker could afford to pay for it. His annual endorsements post-retirement would most likely be able to cover the costs without him breaking any financial sweat whatsoever. Djoker could easily live off his accumulated prize-money alone.

The overall point i'm making here is that he himself has the financial power to make a difference on his own purely based off the financial structure of the a.t.p that he is supposedly so rigorously defiant against.
 
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