I am hopeful players recognize the importance of standing together: Djokovic backs Pospisil

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic has backed Canadian participant Vasek Pospisil, who was concerned in an incident at the Miami Open that occurred on Wednesday. The World No.1, who’s a associate with Pospisil in the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association) took to Twitter on Saturday to voice his appreciation, together with a number of different high professionals similar to Milos Raonic, Ivo Karlovic, John Isner, Steve Johnson and Rajeev Ram.

Pospisil apologised for his on-court conduct and a profanity-laced rant geared toward ATP Tour chief Andrea Gaudenzi throughout his first-round loss to American Mackenzie McDonald at the Miami Open on Wednesday.

The tantrum, which included angrily hitting a ball out of the court docket and shouting at the chair umpire, started when the world quantity 67 smashed his racket on the court docket late in the first set of his 6-3 4-6 6-3 defeat.

A verbal abuse penalty on set level then value him the first set and Pospisil launched into an expletive-laden tirade in opposition to Gaudenzi, who he mentioned had been “screaming” at him in a gathering on Tuesday for “trying to unite the players”.

“For an hour and a half. The leader of the ATP. Get him out here. Why am I supporting this?” he mentioned to chair umpire Arnaud Gabas, threatening to sue the ATP if he was defaulted.

“Concerning matters at hand, I am not in Miami,” Djokovic wrote. “However Vasek Pospišil is my good pal and I empathize with him wholeheartedly. Players on tour would agree that he’s a person of the highest integrity who cares about the effectively being of his fellow rivals. I am hopeful players recognize the importance of standing collectively.

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