As tennis pros from around the world reach their seventh week without being able to compete for prize money, the major governing bodies of the sport revealed Tuesday a partnership on a relief fund to support lower-ranking players.
Seven of the major tennis governing bodies have set up a fund worth almost €5 million to help players who are financially disadvantaged by lack of competition. The ATP and WTA Tours have come together to create a support system along with the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam Tournaments.
Despite the professional game being suspended until July 13 at least and most of the circuit depending on event earnings, up to 800 players were identified as possible recipients. The Grand Slam Tournaments – Wimbledon, as well as the Australian, French, and the US Opens – offer the biggest paydays of the year and have contributed to the formation of a $6 million fund.
The ATP and WTA will be in charge of allocating the fees, which will be equally divided between the respective tours. Previous success will be a significant factor in deciding how much the individual will possibly be in line.
A statement reads: “The Player Relief Programme will target a total of approximately 800 ATP / WTA singles and double players collectively in need of financial assistance.” Player Relief Program eligibility would take into account the ranking of a player as well as previous prize money earnings based on requirements decided by all stakeholders.
“The development of the Player Relief Program is a strong example of the willingness of the sport to come together during this time of crisis.”We will continue to coordinate and track the tennis help needed to ensure the long-term wellbeing of the sport in the face of this unparalleled threat to our way of life, and our thoughts will remain with all those affected at this time.”