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‘The time has come for unity, not conflicts,’ the ATP warn Novak Djokovic

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ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi has welcomed the chance to talk to Novak Djokovic over the PTPA, but he says it’s time for everyone to come together.

Djokovic shook tennis when he quit the ATP Players Council in August and announced he was leading the formation of a rival, independent organisation, the Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA).

He has failed to garner widespread support to change tennis now, but sufficient members to destabilize the political foundation of the ATP.

Gaudenzi, though, has welcomed discussions with the PTA, but he says tennis needs unity more than ever after a hugely challenging year.

Obviously, the period has been very complicated for the players,” Gaudenzi told Le Figaro.

“We were in the dark until the end of July on the date of resumption of the Tour and the holding of the US Open. There was frustration among many.

“I have been a player myself and I understand their state of mind. We listened to their complaints.

“We will all meet together at the end of November and December.

“We are of course open to discussions [with Djokovic and the PTPA], but the time has come for unity and not for conflicts.

“It wouldn’t work and everyone would lose. Tournaments need players and players need tournaments. We cannot make the necessary changes if there are divisions.

“We must fight together to defend the best interests of tennis above all.”

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Alexis Ohanian: Serena Williams’ Career Is Now At Stake

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Three years after marrying tennis icon Serena Williams, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has made a startling confession about his wife’s career.

 

 

In the pilot episode of American sitcom How I Met Your Mother, one of the characters poses an obscure theory about the perfect relationship.

Aptly labelled “The Olive Theory”, it’s believed partners are a great fit if they have vastly contrasting opinions on a particular topic. For example, if one person hates olives, then ideally the other loves them.

With this in mind, it should therefore come as no surprise that Serena Williams’ husband hated tennis before they met.

Speaking to CNN, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian conceded he never would have attended a tennis match if not for his wife’s career.

“I hated tennis for a long time, until I met my wife and tried to learn it,” Ohanian said.

“I am always a sports fan, and when I watched a final closely, I understood the privilege I had.

“Now I appreciate the world of tennis — I understand how the world of tennis is a difficult and intense world.

“In the world of technology we work really hard, but we have been naive since the work done by a professional tennis player, both physically and mentally, is absolutely on another level.”

Williams and Ohanian have been married since 2017, and the American superstar gave birth to their first child Alexis Olympia in September of that year.

Despite his initial preconceptions on the sport, Ohanian and his daughter are regularly spotted in the front row of tennis events, cheering on Williams.

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“I sat in the front row to see everything Serena does, to understand her role in the world and I discovered how different she is from others,” Ohanian said.

“I know how much she has worked for everything, not only as a woman but also as a black woman.

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“At the same time Olympia will never question all the great work her mother has done, and one day I will explain it to her, but I want to make her understand that I do my part too.”

Williams is a 23-time grand slam champion, one title shy of the all-time record held by Australian great Margaret Court.




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