Novak Djokovic is halfway to victory in the Grand Slam and possibly two weeks away from becoming a joint record holder should he win his 20th major title at Wimbledon this year.

For most tennis players in such a position, this would be a moment to focus purposefully on their goals on the pitch, but on the eve of Wimbledon, the world’s number one sat down for a 50-minute press conference as he and his colleagues discussed officially announces the establishment of their Professional Tennis Players Association, the trade association founded by Djokovic and 66th rank Vasek Pospisil.

Ten months after the PTPA was first announced on the grounds of the US Open, the association has finally unveiled a formal structure. She now has a new website, advisory board and communications team. The PTPA has also received support from the National Hockey League Players ‘Association and the Major League Soccer Players’ Association.

It is based in Canada and is run daily by Executive Director Adam Larry, who previously worked for the NHLPA and whose advisory board included prominent investor Bill Ackman.

During Friday night’s press conference with Djokovic, Pospisil and Larry, the players continued to criticize conflicts of interest within the ATP and its governance structure as a whole. They also continue to advocate that lower-ranking players get more money from the tennis ecosystem even though they don’t have an alternative plan yet.

Despite their criticism, they wanted to adopt a conciliatory tone and view their organization as a complement to the ATP.

Her move was sharply criticized by the ATP, which accused the PTPA of dividing the players and the organization considered detrimental to the tour: “The creation of a separate player unit provides a clear overlap, divides the players and further fragments the sport.

“Fragmentation has been identified time and again by leading experts in the sport and beyond as the greatest threat to the growth potential of tennis,” the ATP said in a statement released earlier this week.

When asked how he expected the PTPA to work with the ATP despite their hostility, Pospisil said he was confident that the ATP would sit down with them at some point as they were backed by a “super majority” of players: ” We believe that we will give them a chance because of course we have to work together, ”said Pospisil. “I think at some point they will realize that it is important to work with us when we have so many players.”

One of the new topics at launch this week is the focus on the upcoming vote on the ATP Strategic Plan, a 30-year plan designed by ATP boss Andrea Gaudenzi that aims to generate revenue through the aggregation of digital rights to increase. The ATP says its proposed plan, which would go into effect in 2023 if voted this week, would benefit players through increased prize pools, a 50-50 profit sharing and full transparency of audited tournament finances.

The PTPA criticizes the plan for lack of transparency and calls for the vote to be postponed. According to Larry, hundreds of players are questioning the plan and have not yet received written explanations. “We think there is a lot about this plan that makes a lot of sense, but there is a lot about this plan that we just don’t know,” he said. “We have said many times, it is pretty clear to us that if we don’t have the answers, how can such a plan be voted on?”

Both Pospisil and Djokovic spoke about the negative impact their efforts to create a player movement had on their tennis. Djokovic said his extrajudicial efforts have sometimes “backfired” on the pitch over the past few years, but he doesn’t regret them. With Pospisil, the emotional impact of this venture has already become clear. At the Miami Open in March, Pospisil publicly criticized Gaudenzi during a swear word in court the day after the couple spoke at a controversial meeting between the two.

In August, the proposed association was criticized in August for the perceived vagueness of its goals and the lack of female players at their first meetings. The PTPA now says that the association is currently open to the best 350 single players and 150 placed doubles players, both men and women.

The reactions to the PTPA among the players are divided. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal previously shared comments on Twitter calling for unity, but Djokovic said in early June that support for the PTPA among male target players is up to 70%.

“We want to be accepted, respected and recognized,” said Djokovic. “That’s what we want. We deserve that as players. When I say “we” I’m not just thinking and saying that it’s about Vasek and myself or PTPA management. It’s about players and hundreds of players who are part of the PTPA movement and part of PTPA initiatives.

“That is our goal – we will never find out how PTPA is integrated or not integrated into the current tennis ecosystem, structure, or not until certain things are done and certain steps are taken.”