FAQ FOR MEMBERS AND POTENTIAL MEMBERS

ABOUT THE PTPA

The PTPA was created by the players for the players.  It was founded by Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic.

In 2019, Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic realized that the association that was founded in 1972, to protect the interests of professional tennis players, had grown into an anti-competitive organization that it once vowed to protect the players from.

Vasek and Novak were inspired to launch a grassroots movement. 

In 2020, at the US Open, their inspiration had grown into a movement, and that movement matured into an association committed to advocating for all players, at all levels, free from all conflicts of interest, so all players could focus on what they do best: train, compete and win — without worry.

What began as a conversation in 2019, sparked a global movement to reform and grow the business of tennis. In 2021, The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) was formally founded as a not-for-profit corporation in Canada that addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis. www.PTPAPlayers.com

The PTPA executive leadership team exists of:

  • Founder, Vasek Pospisil 
  • Founder, Novak Djokovic 
  • Executive Director, Adam Larry 
  • Brander-builder, storyteller, and vision-driven executive, Carrie Cecil [ANACHEL]

Executive Advisory Board  (ordered alphabetically)

  • Advisory Board Member, Bill Ackman 
  • Advisory Board Member, Michael Hirshfeld
  • Advisory Board Member, Rebecca Macdonald
  • Advisory Board Member, Katarina Pijetlovic
  • Advisory Board Member, Anton Rabie

The PTPA movement is uniting and mobilizing tennis players from around the globe in order to create transparency and fairness throughout decision-making in professional tennis.

First and foremost, it is important to state that the PTPA wants to work collaboratively with all of the tennis governing bodies and to inspire collective reform that will better the sport.  Reform includes ensuring the players are fairly represented in all matters that affect their ability to compete, make fair wages, and those that involve their health and welfare.

Building an equitable and sustainable competitive environment for players today, and for generations to come.

The PTPA members represent all genders and gender identities.  They come from all corners of the globe, and many share the common bond of being historically unheard and under-represented at the decision-making table throughout professional tennis.

The PTPA provides three main pillars of service to its members: 1) connection & community; 2) resources & counsel; and 3) advocacy and representation.

I. Connection & Community 

The PTPA provides professional tennis players with an association where they can safely address challenges and influence equitable change within the business of professional tennis. 

The PTPA provides a network for players to come together and share their goals, needs and challenges with their peers.

The PTPA is committed to providing opportunities for players to connect and collaborate as a community. 

The PTPA offers real connection and support to promote players’ health and well-being on and off of the court.  

II. Resources & Counsel 

The PTPA offers top-level counsel to help players advance their careers. 

The PTPA provides expertise on players' rights, insurance, and retirement benefits. 

The PTPA will offer career advancement education and training to strengthen and capitalize on each player’s talents.  

The PTPA will promote and protect players’ brands and images on and off of the court.

III. Advocacy & Representation  

The PTPA represents the players’ interests in order to change the status quo in the business of tennis.

The PTPA unifies players to ensure their interests are fairly represented during any and all contract negotiations that directly affect their livelihoods.

The PTPA lobbies for all players’ rights to protect their health and safety. 

The PTPA believes that in the global sport of tennis, there should be hundreds of more players making sustainable livelihoods.

Created by the players for the players, the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) is an integrated association for professional tennis players. Founded by Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic in 2020, the PTPA is a not-for-profit corporation based in Canada that addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

ABOUT MEMBERSHIP AND FOR THE MEMBERS

The PTPA is for professional tennis players and is open to members without restriction for gender or gender identity.

Amateur players are invited to visit www.ptpaplayers.com to learn about PTPA membership requirements.

The PTPA has support of hundreds of professional tennis players representing all corners of the globe. 

Currently, to become a PTPA voting member, the player must be in the Top 350 singles ranking or 150 doubles ranking.

We are diligently focused on positive infrastructure growth to support our goal of someday representing every professional tennis player.

The PTPA was founded to build an equitable and sustainable competitive environment for players today, and for generations to come.

To support the PTPA please visit www.ptpaplayers.com

It would be highly unprecedented, unethical, and draconian for the ATP or WTA to retaliate against a professional tennis player for joining the PTPA, an association dedicated to transparency and equity in professional tennis. This would include, but not be limited to, any action the ATP/WTA would take by refusing you from obtaining your health insurance through the ATP/WTA as you currently do and/or stop paying into your pension plan if you meet the qualifications set out in the ATP's/WTA's rules regarding the pension plan.

The PTPA’s outside counsel have undertaken a review regarding what, if any, sanctions the ATP or WTA would be able to take against players and have informed the PTPA that any repercussions the ATP or WTA may impose would be subject to legal challenge including a court injunction and possibly triple damages as it is widely held that joining a trade association cannot be against the interests of the ATP or WTA.

Joining the PTPA empowers the players and creates a better game within the ATP or WTA for everyone.

The PTPA is available to address any questions or concerns you may have. 

While very unlikely, if you believe you have been retaliated against and/or marginalized by the ATP or WTA for being a member of the PTPA, please contact the PTPA immediately.

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While very unlikely, if you believe you have been retaliated against and/or marginalized by the ATP for being a member of the PTPA, please contact the PTPA immediately.

Being a socially responsible athlete can bolster your image and build your brand. Today, many professional athletes understand they have a responsibility to use their voice, name and image to drive positive change such as equity and equality in society, cultures, corporations, sports and associations.  Brands, sponsors, advertisers, media and fans value authenticity and support athletes’ socially responsible actions with loyalty and revenue. 

Today, it is not only acceptable but expected for athletes to stand on the right side of history.

PLAYER QUESTIONS

It would be highly unprecedented, unethical, and draconian for the ATP or WTA to retaliate against a professional tennis player for joining the PTPA, an association dedicated to transparency, equity and equality in professional tennis. This would include, but not be limited to, any action the ATP/WTA would take by refusing you from obtaining your health insurance through the ATP/WTA as you currently do and/or stop paying into your pension plan if you meet the qualifications set out in the ATP's/WTA's rules regarding the pension plan.

The PTPA’s outside counsel have undertaken a review regarding what, if any, sanctions the ATP or WTA would be able to take against players and have informed the PTPA that any repercussions the ATP or WTA may impose would be subject to legal challenge including a court injunction and possibly triple damages as it is widely held that joining a trade association cannot be against the interests of the ATP or WTA.

Joining the PTPA empowers the players and creates a better game within the ATP or WTA for everyone.

We are available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

While very unlikely, if you believe you have been retaliated against and/or marginalized by the ATP or WTA for being a member of the PTPA, please contact the PTPA immediately.

Corporate sponsors and brands support equity, equality and empowerment. They understand that over seventy percent of consumers want to know what the brands they support are doing to address social and environmental issues and 46% pay close attention to a brand’s social responsibility efforts when they buy a product. Source: (Certus Insights)

While very unlikely, if you believe you have been retaliated against and/or marginalized by the ATP for being a member of the PTPA, please contact the PTPA immediately.

Being a socially responsible athlete can bolster your image and build your brand. Today, many professional athletes understand they have a responsibility to use their voice, name and image to drive positive change such as equity and equality in society, cultures, corporations, sports and associations.  Brands, sponsors, advertisers, media and fans value authenticity and support athletes’ socially responsible actions with loyalty and revenue. 

Today, it is not only acceptable but expected for athletes to stand on the right side of history.

ABOUT ATP 30-YEAR PLAN

Once again, the players are being told to wait, while a web of conflicting interests grows. Those that have sacrificed the most, the players, are the ones being told that they have to sacrifice even more with no relief in sight.  While the plan may generate more dollars which the players will share in, there are too many unknowns at this time for the players to be able to properly evaluate whether the players are getting a fair deal from this plan.  

The players want to work with the ATP to build a stronger future, while ensuring equity and equality for players based on the value they provide to the future of the sport.

The ATP  has stated that the 30-Year plan is better for players than the current situation. However, the ATP is not being transparent with the plan, so how can the players know if they are getting a fair deal? Even if this new situation is better than the current one does not mean either situation is fair.  A 30-Year plan will lock the players in for three decades to a deal they do not currently have answers on.

The PTPA is advocating for a plan that values the players and seeks to ensure that players are fairly compensated.  The players, and by extension the PTPA, do not have enough information and answers to their questions to adequately assess all aspects of the plan and voice an opinion, one way or the other.  This lack of transparency is very concerning and it is unconscionable that a plan that will affect the entire careers of all players on Tour and for generations to come would be rushed into without the players having all its questions answered 

The PTPA believes professional tennis must have a strong, healthy, and competitive ATP that serves all of its stakeholders. The players have been left behind a myriad of special interests. For the ATP to reach its goals, it must bring players back into balance with the rest of the industry.  

Players, despite being the primary revenue drivers for the ATP and its tournaments, receive a fractional percentage of profits far below what players in other sports make comparatively.

In 2019 the professional tennis market (ATP/WTA/Grand Slam) generated $2.2 billion in revenue. Overall, the players made just 17.5% of this revenue. Comparatively, professional golfers make 22.68% of the PGA/Euro PGA revenue, baseball and football players make 47% of the MLB and NFL revenue respectively, and players in the NHL, NBA, Bundesliga, and English Premier League make 50% or more of their respective revenues. 

IN CASE YOU WANT TO KNOW

What the PTPA is advocating for is a fair share of the revenue for all genders, and we want to work with the ATP and WTA to help grow the revenue.

For combined events, we believe in equal prize money. Again, it is important to state that regardless of gender, we want all players to get a fair share of the revenue.

We will defer that question to the players. What we can say is that we know that some players fear retribution. The mere fact that they feel this way is a perfect example of why the PTPA is needed as players feel they cannot advocate freely for themselves. 

Thus, it is important to let them decide whether they want to talk openly about their involvement in the PTPA.

Our goal is to work collaboratively with all of the tennis governing bodies to inspire collective reform that will better the sport. The PTPA has 100s of players representing both tours who are united to grow the sport and create more transparency and fairness throughout the business of tennis. 

We believe the governing bodies of the sport value the players and will work together with the PTPA to create transparency and fairness throughout decision-making in professional tennis.

No, the PTPA is an incorporated not-for-profit trade association in Canada. A trade association is the best platform, legally and otherwise, to serve the players. 

The PTPA will continue to review all statuses and elements with the primary goal of best advocating, representing and serving the professional tennis players.

In order to make PTPA membership available to all professional tennis players, at all levels, PTPA membership dues have been set on a sliding scale. For specific financial information, please visit www.ptpaplayers.com.

To become a PTPA voting member, the player must be in the Top 350 singles ranking or 150 doubles ranking.

To support the PTPA please visit www.ptpaplayers.com

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