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The World Players Association, a global advocacy group for professional athlete unions and players associations, has accepted the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) as a member organization following an application process that included a review by the World Players Executive Committee and staff.

World Players represents more than 85,000 players across almost 140 independent players associations in nearly 60 countries, the organization says, including the NFLPA, NBPA, WNBPA and MLBPA.

PTPA Exec Dir Ahmad Nassar called the news validating for the PTPA, adding that the benefit of their inclusion will come down to recognition and best practice sharing across the WPA’s network. Launched in 2020 by Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil, the PTPA has grown to nearly 700 members (the top 250 men’s and women’s singles players, plus the top 100 men’s and women’s doubles players) and has a for-profit arm called Winners Alliance that negotiates group licensing deals on behalf of its members.

“Our fight for tennis players mirrors the fight that athletes are having or have had for all sorts of issues — equality for female athletes, more pay, a fair system, anti-doping reform,” Nassar said. “All of the things that we highlight in [the PTPA] principles, there’s a much broader movement that is working on the same set of issues across these different sports. Being formally recognized and at the table with our brother and sister players associations is a big deal.”

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