World No.3 Dominic Theim rejected the concept of the top players should chip in to help lower-ranked competitors who are struggling financially due to the pause in tournaments because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Last week Novak Djokovic urged players to contribute for those who are needy, some players are affected financially due to the stopping of games.
Austrian Thiem also said that his fellow competitors and some section of society are suffering of economic crisis.
“No tennis player is fighting to survive, even those who are much lower-ranked. None of them are going to starve,” Thiem told Austrian newspaper Krone on Sunday.
“There are many, many players who don’t put the sport above everything else and don’t live in a professional manner. I don’t really see why I should give such players money. I’d rather give money to people or organisations that really need it,” he added
Thiem reached three finals at grand slam but lost each time.
“None of us top players got anything handed to us, we all had to fight our way up. I don’t have the guarantee in any job that I will do well and earn lots of money,” he said.