Croatian tennis veteran Ivo Karlovic has said that it’s unfortunate what happened with Vasek Pospisil at the Miami Masters and acknowledged that “more than ever” players need a players only association.
During his Miami Masters first round clash, Pospisil went on a rant as he called out ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, who reportedly screamed at the Canadian a day earlier during a meeting.
Pospisil, a former world No. 25, launched a ball out of the stadium and smashed his racket towards the end of the first set.
Pospisil ended up losing in three sets to American Mackenzie McDonald but the match was marked by his wild on-court rant.
“An hour and a half the chair of the ATP f***ing screaming at me in a player meeting for trying to unite the players,” Pospisil said to chair umpire Arnaud Gabas.
“For an an hour and a half … The leader of the ATP… F***ing a***hole. “If you want to default me, I’ll gladly sue this whole organisation.”
Karlovic reacts to the Pospisil rant
“Unfortunate what happened on court with Pospisil. I was not at the meeting but, from what I heard from players that were there, it’s now more obvious than ever that we need a players only association,” Karlovic said in a Twitter post.
Karlovic also added hashtags “playersvoice” and “PTPA.”
Pospisil’s rant drew lots of attention and after the match the Canadian took to social media to apologize for his actions.
“I want to sincerely apologize for my behavior on the court in Miami earlier today. I disrespected the game I love and for that I am truly sorry. By way of explanation, I felt deeply unnerved during a meeting between players and ATP executives last night, and I underestimated the toll those emotions took on me until I stepped onto the court today. Again, I am sorry for my on-court behavior and the language I used,” Pospisil said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.