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Update Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal object to Novak Djokovic's proposal for player union

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and other members of the ATP Player Council spoke out Saturday against a plan put forth by top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil to start a men's-only union of sorts for tennis -- bringing the sport’s politics into the spotlight just before the U.S. Open.

Also against the proposal: the ATP men’s tour and the sport’s other governing bodies, including the WTA women’s tour and the four Grand Slam tournaments. They issued a joint statement Saturday saying: “It is a time for even greater collaboration, not division.”

After a meeting Saturday night, Pospisil tweeted out a picture showing a group of male players — wearing masks because of the pandemic — standing on a U.S. Open court and wrote that “we are excited to announce the beginning of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA)."

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