World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has said that he ”emphatizes” with Vasek Pospisil after what happened with the Canadian at the Miami Masters.
During his Miami opener, Pospisil went on a rant as he frustrated that a day earlier ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi screamed at him during a meeting.
Pospisil hit a ball out of the stadium toward the end of the first set, smashed his racket before losing in three sets to Mackenzie McDonald.
“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.”
Djokovic and Pospisil the creators of the PTPA
”Concerning matters at hand, I am not in Miami. However Vasek Pospišil is my good friend and I empathize with him wholeheartedly. Players on tour would agree that he is an individual of the highest integrity who cares about the well being of his fellow competitors. I am hopeful players recognize the importance of standing together,” Djokovic said in a Twitter post.
Djokovic also added hashtag ”playersvoice” under his Twitter post.
Meanwhile, Pospisil admitted his mistake and apologized 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.