Vasek Pospisil knows all about taking the road less traveled. It's in his blood after all, with his parents fleeing communism in the Czech Republic to give their future son a better life. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Canadian veteran is unafraid to fight, whether it's for a career worth keeping or a for the collective good of his contemporaries. He joined the TENNIS.com Podcast with Kamau Murray to explain why he's still battling to improve his stature in year 15 of his pro career, and why he's eager to establish a union for the players.
Pospisil was born in Canada, and directly credits his father for coaching him in a way that put him on the path to big-time tennis. It was an intense relationship, but one that forged a bond that remains rock solid to this day. That pro career has featured seven wins against the Top 10 and a career-high ranking of No. 25 in singles, but it was his doubles career that reached even greater heights. He won the 2014 Wimbledon title, with Jack Sock as his partner.
Despite his success, Pospisil acknowledges the dilemma he and other players have had in regards to enjoying doubles while also being mindful of their singles results. It's something that can be mitigated with increases in prize money, he argues, but that doesn't appear to be on the horizon.