Washington, D.C., July 10, 2023 – The Professional Tennis Players Association (“PTPA”), global advocate for professional tennis players, is delighted to announce the addition of Nicolas “Nico” Lapentti to its team. As the first PTPA ambassador, Lapentti will help the organization enhance player engagement, address challenges, and seize opportunities faced by professional women’s and men’s tennis players on tour. Lapentti’s addition further solidifies the PTPA’s dedication to representing and empowering professional women’s and men’s tennis players worldwide.
“While competing on tour, I experienced firsthand players’ inability to have a true voice and drive meaningful change through the existing structure of tennis,” Lapentti remarked. “Today’s generation of players are facing the same challenges, which is why I’m thrilled to join the PTPA’s mission of empowering and advocating for men’s and women’s professional players worldwide. It’s long overdue that players have unified, independent representation in the sport, and I look forward to helping build that collective power through the PTPA.”
“Nico has displayed an unwavering passion for the betterment of the sport as a player and since his retirement,” said Ahmad Nassar, PTPA Executive Director. “As the first PTPA ambassador, Nico will play an invaluable role in engaging and liaising with players, coaches, and other stakeholders to ensure the PTPA is working as effectively as possible to grow and strengthen the game for the good of all involved.”
Lapentti began competing professionally in 1995. The Ecuadorian won five singles titles and three doubles titles during his career, achieving a career-high ranking of No. 6 in 2000. Lapentti also represented his country in the Davis Cup and the Olympic Games.
The PTPA sat down with Lapentti to discuss his new role with the organization, what he hopes to achieve, and more.
About the Professional Tennis Players Association:
The PTPA is uniting and mobilizing tennis players around the globe to create transparency and fairness in professional tennis. It is an independent organization dedicated to the advancement and protection of professional men’s and women’s tennis players across their entire professional journey. Through the PTPA, professional tennis players are building an equitable and sustainable competitive environment for players today and for generations to come, including health and safety issues, schedules, rules, purses, benefits and education. The PTPA is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations globally. Visit www.ptpaplayers.com and connect with @ptpaplayers across social media to learn more.
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