OUR TEAM

The PTPA was created by the players for the players to advocate as the true players’ partner.

The founders have sovereignty over the advisory board members, the leadership team and all PTPA employees. 

The PTPA team works collaboratively with our partners and all of the tennis governing bodies to inspire collective reform that will better the sport.

We advocate as the true players’ partner to build a fair and sustainable competitive environment for players today, and for generations to come.

VASEK POSPISIL

FOUNDER

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC

FOUNDER

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ADAM LARRY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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CARRIE GERLACH CECIL

BRAND-BUILDER, STORYTELLER AND VISION-DRIVEN EXECUTIVE

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BILL ACKMAN

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

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MICHAEL HIRSHFELD

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

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REBECCA MACDONALD

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

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DR. KATARINA PIJETLOVIC

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

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ANTON RABIE

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

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Vasek Pospisil

Co-founder

Vasek Pospisil is co-founder of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) with Novak Djokovic. Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

In his role as co-founder, Pospisil oversees internal and external operations including strategic business development, player relations, governing body and tournament relations, marketing, branding, communications, and all management matters of the PTPA. In collaboration with Djokovic, the PTPA Advisory Board, the PTPA leadership team, and the PTPA community, Pospisil is facilitating an equitable and sustainable competitive environment for tennis players today, and for generations to come.

He is currently the No. 66 professional tennis player in the world, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals. Pospisil achieved a singles career-high No. 25 in 2014, the same year he and fellow singles standout Jack Sock decided to team up. In their debut season, the duo went on to capture the Wimbledon doubles title and reach six ATP Masters 1000 doubles finals before peaking at No. 4, doubles, in 2015.

Pospisil is an entrepreneur.  In 2020, he alongside co-founders Justin Kates and Russell Henderson launched Hekate, a dietary supplement brand focused on harnessing the power of functional mushrooms. The brand’s Star Power Adaptogenic Cocoa contains organic mushrooms, lion's mane, and reishi, is 100 percent vegan- and gluten-free, and aims to strengthen the immune system, improve focus, memory, creativity, and mood, decrease stress and anxiety, positively support the nervous system and boost immunity.

He is from Vernon, Canada, and currently resides in Freeport, Bahamas.

Novak Djokovic

Co-founder

Novak Djokovic is co-founder of Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) with Vasek Pospisil. Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

In his role as co-founder, Djokovic oversees player relations, operations, and management matters of PTPA. In collaboration with Pospisil, the PTPA Advisory Board, PTPA leadership team and the PTPA community, Djokovic is facilitating a fair and sustainable competitive environment for tennis players today, and for generations to come.

Djokovic is currently the No. 1 professional tennis player in the world, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals, and has occupied this rank for a record total of 324 weeks. With his second career title at Roland-Garros this year, Djokovic became only the third player in the history of tennis after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson to win all four Grand Slams at least twice.

Djokovic has finished as the year-end No. 1 on six occasions, an Open Era record he shares with Pete Sampras. Djokovic is the only professional tennis player on the modern ATP Tour to win all four Grand Slam tournaments, all nine ATP Masters events and the ATP Finals on the modern ATP Tour. He has also twice completed the career Golden Masters, which is the achievement of winning all 9 Masters titles over the course of a player's career.

In 2007, he founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation. The NDF motto is “Believe in their Dreams” and the foundation’s mission is to help children from disadvantaged communities gain access to preschool education.

To date, NDF has directly given over 7,500 children a better starting point in life by successfully finishing 37 projects, renovating or building 17 schools, training more than 600 teachers, donating 3,000 books, and building a sensory park for autistic children and a tennis court in Priboj, among other contributions. Djokovic received the 2012 Centrepoint Premier Award for Contribution to the Lives of Youth across the world.

Djokovik is married to Jelena Djokovic Ristic. The couple have two children, Stefan and Tara.

To learn more about Djokovic visit: https://novakdjokovic.com/en/

 ADAM LARRY

Executive Director

 

Adam Larry is executive director for Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). Larry was invited to join the PTPA movement by founding partners Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic. Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

In his role as executive director, Larry manages all internal and external operations including governance, governing body and tournament relations, legal, business development, player relations, marketing, branding, communications, and all advisory board and management matters of the PTPA.

Larry is the founder and CEO of Jorael Consulting. The firm works with athletes, teams, and athletic associations to help them better understand, negotiate, protect, and grow their brands, business, rights of publicity, and labour rights. Notably, Larry has lent his expertise and guidance to both the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) and the CFLPA (Canadian Football League Players Association) in their respective Collective Bargaining Agreements and business negotiations.

At Joreal, Larry continues to work with the National Hockey League Alumni Association where he co-created the foundation for the NHL Alumni’s group license program. Since its inception, the NHL Alumni’s group license program has driven millions of dollars to the Association and to individual players to create transition, wellness, and mental health programs for former NHL players.

Larry got his start in the sports industry working at the National Hockey League (NHL) Players’ Association for over a decade where he negotiated agreements on behalf of and protected the rights of NHL players. Notably, he was part of the team that negotiated the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NHL.

He contributes his nearly two decades of sports industry experience to the students at Osgoode Law School at York University and University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where Larry frequently guest lectures on athlete rights. Further, for the past four years, he has taught a class on the legal and business aspects of sport at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Larry received a joint LL.B./MBA (bachelor’s of law/master’s of business administration) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Western University, Ontario, Canada.

He is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he lives with his wife and 3 children.

Vasek Pospisil

Co-founder

Vasek Pospisil is co-founder of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) with Novak Djokovic. Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

In his role as co-founder, Pospisil oversees internal and external operations including strategic business development, player relations, governing body and tournament relations, marketing, branding, communications, and all management matters of the PTPA. In collaboration with Djokovic, the PTPA Advisory Board, the PTPA leadership team, and the PTPA community, Pospisil is facilitating an equitable and sustainable competitive environment for tennis players today, and for generations to come.

He is currently the No. 66 professional tennis player in the world, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals. Pospisil achieved a singles career-high No. 25 in 2014, the same year he and fellow singles standout Jack Sock decided to team up. In their debut season, the duo went on to capture the Wimbledon doubles title and reach six ATP Masters 1000 doubles finals before peaking at No. 4, doubles, in 2015.

Pospisil is an entrepreneur.  In 2020, he alongside co-founders Justin Kates and Russell Henderson launched Hekate, a dietary supplement brand focused on harnessing the power of functional mushrooms. The brand’s Star Power Adaptogenic Cocoa contains organic mushrooms, lion's mane, and reishi, is 100 percent vegan- and gluten-free, and aims to strengthen the immune system, improve focus, memory, creativity, and mood, decrease stress and anxiety, positively support the nervous system and boost immunity.

He is from Vernon, Canada, and currently resides in Freeport, Bahamas.

Novak Djokovic

Co-founder

Novak Djokovic is co-founder of Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) with Vasek Pospisil. Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

In his role as co-founder, Djokovic oversees player relations, operations, and management matters of PTPA. In collaboration with Pospisil, the PTPA Advisory Board, PTPA leadership team and the PTPA community, Djokovic is facilitating a fair and sustainable competitive environment for tennis players today, and for generations to come.

Djokovic is currently the No. 1 professional tennis player in the world, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals, and has occupied this rank for a record total of 324 weeks. With his second career title at Roland-Garros this year, Djokovic became only the third player in the history of tennis after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson to win all four Grand Slams at least twice.

Djokovic has finished as the year-end No. 1 on six occasions, an Open Era record he shares with Pete Sampras. Djokovic is the only professional tennis player on the modern ATP Tour to win all four Grand Slam tournaments, all nine ATP Masters events and the ATP Finals on the modern ATP Tour. He has also twice completed the career Golden Masters, which is the achievement of winning all 9 Masters titles over the course of a player's career.

In 2007, he founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation. The NDF motto is “Believe in their Dreams” and the foundation’s mission is to help children from disadvantaged communities gain access to preschool education.

To date, NDF has directly given over 7,500 children a better starting point in life by successfully finishing 37 projects, renovating or building 17 schools, training more than 600 teachers, donating 3,000 books, and building a sensory park for autistic children and a tennis court in Priboj, among other contributions. Djokovic received the 2012 Centrepoint Premier Award for Contribution to the Lives of Youth across the world.

Djokovik is married to Jelena Djokovic Ristic. The couple have two children, Stefan and Tara.

To learn more about Djokovic visit: https://novakdjokovic.com/en/

 ADAM LARRY

Executive Director

 

Adam Larry is executive director for Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). Larry was invited to join the PTPA movement by founding partners Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic. Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

In his role as executive director, Larry manages all internal and external operations including governance, governing body and tournament relations, legal, business development, player relations, marketing, branding, communications, and all advisory board and management matters of the PTPA.

Larry is the founder and CEO of Jorael Consulting. The firm works with athletes, teams, and athletic associations to help them better understand, negotiate, protect, and grow their brands, business, rights of publicity, and labour rights. Notably, Larry has lent his expertise and guidance to both the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) and the CFLPA (Canadian Football League Players Association) in their respective Collective Bargaining Agreements and business negotiations.

At Joreal, Larry continues to work with the National Hockey League Alumni Association where he co-created the foundation for the NHL Alumni’s group license program. Since its inception, the NHL Alumni’s group license program has driven millions of dollars to the Association and to individual players to create transition, wellness, and mental health programs for former NHL players.

Larry got his start in the sports industry working at the National Hockey League (NHL) Players’ Association for over a decade where he negotiated agreements on behalf of and protected the rights of NHL players. Notably, he was part of the team that negotiated the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NHL.

He contributes his nearly two decades of sports industry experience to the students at Osgoode Law School at York University and University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where Larry frequently guest lectures on athlete rights. Further, for the past four years, he has taught a class on the legal and business aspects of sport at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Larry received a joint LL.B./MBA (bachelor’s of law/master’s of business administration) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Western University, Ontario, Canada.

He is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he lives with his wife and 3 children.

Carrie Gerlach Cecil

Brander-builder, storyteller, and vision-driven executive

Carrie Cecil and her team at ANACHEL serve the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) by leading the movement's branding, public affairs, strategic communications, and digital efforts. Cecil was invited to join the PTPA movement in 2021 by founding partners Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic.

Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

A preeminent leader in marketing, digital and strategic communications, Cecil began her career with the Honorable Senator John McCain and has pioneered problem-solving services to increase brand integrity and mitigate risk for her clients for over two decades.

A well-known speaker and author, Cecil confidentially directs her clients on how to navigate the narratives when it matters most. She has developed close working relationships with some of America’s top law firms, global energy corporations, political candidates, CEOs, and professional and collegiate sports stakeholders to create proactive brand and communications tactics. She manages an internal and external team of global marketing, communications, and digital executives.

Cecil serves on several boards including the Business Sports Management Program Executive Board, College of Business at the University of Nevada, and the National Social Media Initiative in Athletics. Cecil and her husband, former NFL Pro-Bowl Safety and Defensive Coordinator and current NCAA coach, Chuck Cecil completed their home-study in Nashville in 2010, where they opened their hearts and doors to inner-city children at risk. Avid community fundraisers, the duo co-founded The Golden Hour Golf Classic benefiting the University of Arizona Athletics and the UA Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center and support the Arizona Gospel Rescue Mission and Ordinary Hero.

Bill Ackman

Advisory Board Member

 

Bill (William) Ackman serves the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) as an advisory board member. Ackman was invited to join the PTPA movement in 2021 by its founders Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic. Ackman provides the founders and the PTPA leadership team with c-suite business expertise, counsel, and resources. Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.  

Mr. Ackman has spent nearly 30 years in the investment management industry and is the Founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. (PSCM), an SEC-registered investment adviser founded in 2003.PSCM’s investment strategy involves the purchase of large minority stakes in high-quality, large capitalization, growth companies during periods when they have underperformed their potential. By working with management teams and boards of directors, PSCM has assisted its portfolio companies in creating substantial long-term value.

Mr. Ackman received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Mr. Ackman is the Chairman of the Board of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE:HHC). He also serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Pershing Square Tontine Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:PSTH). He is a member of the Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School.

In 2006, Mr. Ackman co-founded the Pershing Square Foundation to support exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact across the globe. The Foundation has committed $500+ million in grants and social investments across a variety of fields. Mr. Ackman is a passionate tennis player and has supported a number of organizations that work with junior tennis players from all backgrounds to help them reach their full potential on the court and in the classroom.

 

Michael Hirshfeld 

Advisory Board Member

Michael Hirshfeld serves the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) as an advisory board member. Hirshfeld was invited to join the PTPA movement in 2020 by founding partners Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic.In his role, he brings valuable experience in governance, business infrastructure and player relations to the founders the PTPA leadership team.

Since September 2016, Hirshfeld has led the National Hockey League (NHL) Coaches' Association (NHLCA). The NHLCA is the professional organization that represents all 200+ coaches in the NHL providing non-hockey support, guidance and counsel in a variety of areas including salary, pension, health benefits, taxes, banking and immigration issues.NHLCA Executive Director Hirshfeld is also responsible for managing the Association’s relations with the National Hockey League, as well as International Hockey Federations and Associations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Hirshfeld spent over 15 years in the investment industry working with tier one, Toronto-based finance companies after starting his career as a corporate lawyer at Lang Michener. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Huron College, University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from The University of Western Ontario.

He is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Rebecca MacDonald

Advisory Board Member

 

Rebecca MacDonald serves the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) as an advisory board member. MacDonald was invited to join the PTPA movement in 2021 by its founders Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic. She adds valuable c-suite leadership expertise and strategic business development resources to the founders and to the PTPA leadership team.

Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

MacDonald is a founder of Just Energy Group Inc., a Toronto-based independent marketer of deregulated gas and electricity.

MacDonald served the organization as president and chief executive officer prior to becoming executive chair in 2007. MacDonald took the company public in 2001 on Toronto Stock Exchange and it began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:JE) on January 30, 2012.

In 1989, MacDonald founded Energy Marketing Inc., and in 1995 founded Atlantic Power company, which aggregated customers within the U.K. natural gas deregulation.

A trailblazer and fierce supporter of women in business, MacDonald was voted Profit Magazine's top Canadian Woman Entrepreneur six years in a row. She is a member of the board of Canadian Pacific, the Horatio Alger Association, and is the founder of the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

MacDonald was previously vice-chair of the board of directors of Mount Sinai Hospital and previously a member of the board of governors of the Royal Ontario Museum.

She holds an honorary degree from the University of Victoria and is an avid tennis fan and supporter of the sport around the world.

Katerina Pijetlovic

Advisory Board Members

 

Katarina Pijetlovic serves the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) as an advisory board member. Pijetlovic was invited to join the PTPA movement by its founders Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic. Pijetlovic adds valuable legal expertise in EU antitrust law, sports law, and athletes' rights in the system of sports governance to the founders and the PTPA leadership team.

Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

Pijetlovic is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Sports Law at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Law School, and is a member of MMU Institute of Sport. Her legal background lies in the application of EU competition law in the sports industry. She is known for her expertise in alternative sports competitions and is an author of “EU Sports Law and Breakaway Leagues in Football”. Pijetlovic was a legal consultant on several alternative league projects and has published extensively on the subject. Similarly, she has written on fundamental rights of athletes and provided legal advice to professional tennis players, while actively advocating for improved standards of sports governance. Pijetlovic is an editorial board member at lawinsport.com, a peer-reviewer for International Sports Law Journal, and a member of Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union.

Prior to joining MMU in March 2019, Pijetlovic worked at a number of prestigious international academic institutions. She was a sports law module leader at Football Industries MBA Programme at the University of Liverpool, and a visiting international sports law scholar with the ISDE Master Programme in international sports law in New York. At the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law in Finland, Pijetlovic lectured in EU competition law and sports law at the LL.M Programme.

Pijetlovic received an LL.D (higher doctoral degree), an LL.Lic (lower doctoral degree) in EU competition and sports law, and an LL.M (master of laws) in contract and commercial law from the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, having completed all three with magna cum laude honours. She is a recipient of over 20 academic distinctions, awards and grants.

In her free time, Pijetlovic rescues stray animals, plays in amateur tennis leagues and travels.

Anton Rabie

Advisory Board Member

 

Anton Rabie serves the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) as an advisory board member. Rabie was the first advisory board member invited to join the PTPA movement in 2020 by its founders Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic.  He provides strategic business expertise, leadership, and resources to the founders, and was vital to the formation of the leadership team.

Officially founded in 2021, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA addresses player challenges and influences fair change within the business of professional tennis.

Rabie is a Co-Founder and Board Director of Spin Master. After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in 1994, Rabie partnered with friends Ronnen Harary and Ben Varadi to create Spin Master. Rabie served as Spin Master’s Co-CEO for 28 years where he and his partner set the strategy and long-term vision for the company, now a global leader in children’s entertainment. Renowned for innovation and pushing the boundaries of play, Spin Master comprises three creative centres including toys, entertainment, and digital games and is best known for award-winning brands PAW Patrol, Bakugan, Hatchimals, Toca Boca and other popular play experiences.

Rabie’s fearless entrepreneurial mindset and resiliency were instrumental in Spin Master’s success, helping to create a culture of risk-taking and acceptance of failure. In his tenure, Rabie led many functions, including sales, marketing, human resources, and organizational design, where he attracted and developed talent, and forged relationships with retailers. He spearheaded the company’s global expansion establishing international offices in more than 28 countries and led more than 22 Spin Master acquisitions, including Tech Deck, Cardinal, GUND, and most recently Rubik's Cube.

Rabie is passionate about people, promoting the company’s culture, and inspiring employees. He is committed to developing world-class talent and helping others achieve greatness. An out-of-the-box thinker, he is obsessed with learning and embracing an open mindset. He generously shares his knowledge through mentoring others and engaging with community organizations and charitable causes. Outside of work, Rabie enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and living a healthy lifestyle, which includes his love of tennis.