The sporting action is standstill across the world due to coronavirus pandemic. Without any sports action it has affected the financial condition of low ranked player who depend solely on tournament winning without the chance to earn a living.
World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has been in touch with his fellow ATP player Council members Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to discuss the ways to help the lower ranker players facing financial struggles because of novel coronavirus pandemic.
During his Instagram live session with Stan Wawrinka answering to fans questions Novak said that steps would be taken to ensure that only those players who are most deserving will benefit from the relief fund.
“I spoke to Roger and Rafa a few days ago and we had a conversation about the near future of tennis. How we can contribute to help lower ranked guys who are obviously struggling the most, Djokovic said.
“A majority of players ranked between 250 to 700 or 1,000 don’t have federation support or sponsors and are independent and left alone.”
“Players hopefully will (also) contribute collectively to the relief fund that the ATP (and others) will distribute using models and criteria,” Djokovic added.
“You want to avoid giving money to player who fits into this category (low ranking) but does not need the money compared to someone else, hopefully between $3-4.5 million will be distributed to lower-ranked players.”
Novak, 17 times Gland Slam winner, said other short term solution could include diverting bonus money meant for top players from season ending events like the ATP Finals into the relief fund.
“If we don’t have any events (in 2020), maybe next year’s Australian Open prize money can be contributed to the fund,” he added.