The new year is off to a great start for Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian tennis player who fronts Vogue Arabia’s January 2023 issue is among the eight to join the first executive committee of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). Formed with the aim of becoming an “advocacy group on behalf of tennis players,” the PTPA counts some of the world’s top names in the sport in the mix-gendered executive committee, including the association’s co-founders Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil, as well as Polish world No. 11 Hubert Hurkacz, Americans John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Spaniard Paula Badosa and China’s Zheng Saisai.
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“We are grateful to have this extraordinarily accomplished and diverse group of women and men serve on our first player executive committee,” PTPA executive director Ahmad Nassar said in a statement. “These individuals represent some of the strongest and most passionate voices in professional tennis, and they will have a profound impact on our efforts at the PTPA to serve all players.”
The creation of the PTPA was announced two years ago by Djokovic and Pospisil ahead of the US Open, after they stepped down from the ATP player council, which was set up in 1972. According to the co-founders, the PTPA is not a union and will coexist with the ATP to “protect, respect and guarantee the fundamental rights of players.” However, the unlike the National Football League and National Basketball Association, where players participate in labor unions, tennis players will operate as independent contractors and not as employees of the ATP and WTA.
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