‘Total boys club’ Reilly Opelka accuses ATP of being ‘circus’

Tall, stubborn, and terrific are adjectives often used to describe the American tennis star. Reilly Opelka. The American stands at 6 feet 11 inches, currently one of the tallest players on the ATP circuit.

Opelka made a bright start to the new season. The tall American reached the third round of the Australian Open 2022, where he lost. Denis Shapovalov. However, he continued to win afterwards. ATP Dallas Open beat Jenson Brooksby got his 4th win in the finalpearl ATP header. He later advanced to the final Delray Beach Open, where did he lose Cameron Norrie.

Reilly Opelka criticizes ATP as ‘men’s club’

Reilly Opelka
Reilly Opelka with the trophy he won in Dallas

American tennis star Reilly Opelka is one of the most outspoken pros in tennis when it comes to calling double standards and conflicts of interest. in an interview with TENNIS.comOpelka described the ATP as “a real men’s club”.

Opelka specifically addressed the board members Dani Vallverdu and that he has no experience of being a tournament director, but still, when there is a new ATP tournament, Vallverdu becomes the tournament director. San Diego Open created.

“I would explain that ATP is a boys’ club. Just look at the board members. A real men’s club. What is Danny Valverdu’s experience as tournament director? No, zero. When a new week appears on the calendar at an ATP-sanctioned event, Players Council member Danny Vallverdu becomes tournament director. [at the 2021 San Diego Open]” said Opelka.

He later labeled the ATP a circus, blaming that Vallverdu only took the position because the organization was a “boys club”. He then continued that this culture needed to change, perhaps by having someone unrelated to tennis come along and make the changes.

“No experience of being a tournament director, none. Why is he taking it? Because it’s a men’s club. And I think that needs to change, that culture needs to change. I’d involve someone less in tennis, you know? Because when you find someone close to tennis, he gets used to it, his ATP sucks. It’s been a circus as long as it’s been around. Every major global sport is doing great except tennis, and I think that’s just leadership.” Added the American.

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