The friendly British Columbian, who favored a bye to the main draw at the National Bank Open, is enthusiastic when he talks about the place that Canada now occupies on the international tennis scene.
The level is the best in the history of our country, commented Pospisil, Friday, a few hours before the draw for the Montreal tournament. Milos (Raonic), Eugénie (Bouchard) and I were the first to get good results in singles. Now with Leylah (Fernandez), Bianca (Andreescu), Denis (Shapovalov) and Félix (Auger-Aliassime), we are one of the countries with the best players in the world.
According to him, several Tennis Canada decisions explain this success, including the hiring of Louis Borfiga as vice-president of elite development in 2006. And since success breeds success, Pospisil believes that the future is bright. .
We can be encouraged in the country for years to come, because there is a lot of talent among young people.
After a promising start to the year, Pospisil was once again hampered by an injury, a torn elbow muscle, which kept him out of competition for about three months. He is slowly getting back into shape.
It was a somewhat complicated injury, but I haven’t had any pain for three weeks. I worked very hard in training to recover. I feel like I’m ready to play at a good level, both physically and mentally.
Give players a voice
Another activity close to the heart of the 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion is the Association of Professional Tennis Players (AJTP), which he founded with Novak Djokovic in 2020.
Although the initiatives have been rather limited since the beginning, Pospisil promises that announcements will come to the United States Open at the end of the month.
” This is something really needed in our sport, especially after what we have witnessed over the past six months. Tennis is the only major sport in the world where players do not have an independent voice to be heard. »
We aim to enable more players to be able to make a living from their sport. Currently, only the top 100 can do this.
The one who currently ranks 141st in the world does not, however, go so far as to maintain the creation of a rival circuit, such as the new LIV golf league, financed by Saudi funds.
That’s not our goal. We simply want an association that defends the interests of the players, because right now it’s a monopoly.