Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

DJOKOVIC PLAYS DOWN PAY FIGHT TALK

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MEL­BOURNE: No­vak Djokovic hosed down sug­ges­tions he is push­ing to cre­ate an in­de­pen­dent play­ers union to fight for even more prize money, and de­nied re­ports it could lead to tour­na­ment boy­cotts. Bri­tish me­dia said the Ser­bian 12-time Grand Slam win­ner, pres­i­dent of the ATP Tour player coun­cil, had raised the sub­ject at a manda­tory player meet­ing in Mel­bourne on Fri­day. The Lon­don Times said he took the stage and sud­denly asked that ATP of­fi­cials and any non­play­ers leave the room, bring­ing in an Aus­tralian pro­fes­sor with spe­cial­ist knowl­edge of work­place law. Ac­cord­ing to Bri­tain’s Tele­graph news­pa­per, Djokovic then out­lined his ar­gu­ment that the Grand Slams only pay out about seven per­cent of their in­come. It said he com­pared this to Amer­i­can bas­ket­ball, which pays about 50 per­cent. The ATP re­fused to com­ment.

 ?? GETTY ?? No­vak Djokovic.
GETTY No­vak Djokovic.

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