Ons Jabeur, the world No. 2 ranked WTA finalist and finalist at last year’s Wimbledon and US Open, was one of eight members of the PTA executive committee announced on Tuesday.

Jaber joins co-founders Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil on the mixed gender committee, as well as Paul Badosa, John Isner, Hubert Hurkacz, Bethany Mattek-Sands and Saisai Zheng.

- Advertisement -

“We are grateful to have this extremely experienced and diverse group of women and men serving on our First Player Executive Committee,” PTPA Chief Executive Ahmad Nassar said in a statement. “These people represent some of the most powerful and passionate voices in professional tennis and will have a profound impact on our efforts at PTPA to serve all players.”

- Advertisement -

Djokovic and Pospisil announced the creation of the PTPA ahead of the 2020 US Open. Although the PTPA is not a union — tennis players are independent contractors, not employees of the ATP and WTA — the duo said their goal was to represent and protect the interests of players in the same way that the unions of many team sports leagues, such as the NBA or the NFL.

- Advertisement -

The initial reception of the announcement varied. He was praised by some for giving players a much-needed voice; others criticized the lack of women’s participation and support, as well as specific details.

Djokovic and Pospisil insisted that women would be included shortly thereafter.

In August, PTPA hired Nassar, former president of NFL Players Inc., as an executive director. In an interview with Sportzshala last month, Nassar said he has spoken to “hundreds” of players, both male and female, since taking the position to understand their problems and how to solve them. Nassar said one of his top priorities was to create an executive committee made up of equal male and female players.

“We are all unreservedly committed to representing every player at this incredibly important time in tennis,” five-time doubles champion Mattek-Sands said in a committee statement. “The sports entertainment environment is constantly evolving and I have a strong focus on supporting and uplifting women by actively pursuing and creating opportunities with a women-centric approach. This is also a strong direction for PTPA, represented by our organizing principles and for me. personally. I am genuinely excited to make an impact and be a trailblazer.”

In the same statement on Tuesday, the PTPA announced its guidelines, which were created to “protect, respect and guarantee the fundamental rights of players.” The organization listed five core principles, including getting a “fair share in the tennis business and terms of participation” as well as protecting players from abuse and ensuring that players have a say in the future structure of the sport.