Novak Djokovic-led PTPA announces two additions to executive committee

Taylor Townsend in action
Taylor Townsend is one of two new additions to the PTPA executive committee

The Novak Djokovic-led Professional Tennis Players Association has announced that tour veterans Diego Schwartzman and Taylor Townsend have joined their executive committee.

In a statement released this week, Argentina’s Schwartzman and American Townsend were confirmed as new leading members of the organisation, replacing Paula Badosa and the now-retired John Isner.

A former French Open semi-finalist and world No 8, Schwartzman – currently ranked 142nd in the world – said he wanted to give Latin American players a chance to be heard.

“I’m excited to collaborate with the PTPA to spearhead positive change and to serve as a voice for Latin American players and all of my fellow players,” said Schwartzman in his statement.

“We’ve seen the significant improvements and opportunities created by players’ associations in other global sports, and tennis players deserve similar support, especially as we navigate what could be an unprecedented era of change for the sport.

“I strongly believe that our collective voice as players is more crucial than ever, and, like Taylor, I’m committed to representing and amplifying our unique experiences, opinions, ideas and needs through my new role.”

A top-60 player in singles and current world No 11 in doubles, Townsend – who has returned to action following the birth of her first child – said she believed in the “necessity” of the body.

She commented: “I’ve been supportive of the PTPA since its inception and firmly believe in the necessity of an independent, players-only body dedicated to our best interests.

“This is a pivotal moment for tennis, and it’s essential for players to have a unified voice and seat at the table as our sport faces both opportunities and challenges.

“I’m fired up to join Diego on the PTPA Executive Committee and advocate on behalf of hundreds of players worldwide during this critical time.”

As well as ATP world No 1 Djokovic, Hubert Hurkacz, Ons Jabeur, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Vasek Pospisil, and Zheng Saisai also help make up the eight-strong player committee.

Founded back in 2020, the PTPA has found itself developing a larger relevance in the sport in recent times.

Initially, the organisation was criticised for a lack of female inclusion, though has now expanded to include the WTA Tour.

It has also provided a significant outlet for players who appear to have become increasingly disenfranchised by existing governing bodies, especially regarding male players and the ATP.

With the idea of a Premier Tour or a Saudi takeover currently looming over the sport, it will be interesting to see what influence the PTPA may hold over the coming months.

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