These are the worrying times for lower rank and file tennis player like Noah Rubin, the American ranked 225th in the ATP due to holding of earning potential with no tournaments. As during this coronavirus pandemic, he feels that tennis needs to hit “rock bottom” so that things should change for the betterment of the sport’s lesser lights.
Rubin, 24, lives in a vastly different world to the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who are financially settled during the shutdown.
Accordingly, to the ATP website, Rubin earned $33,000 this season, even though deduct expenses and does not give much financial security especially when it comes to professional tennis which on hold until mid-July.
“It’s a tough thing to say, but I am almost hoping that it hits rock bottom,” Rubin told Eurosport’s Tennis Legends podcast that goes out later on Thursday.
“But I am hoping because I have spoken to ATP and WTA before and the urgency to change tennis hasn’t been there. So, I am hoping that rock bottom almost like lights a fire under their butts and says ‘hey, we’re in trouble. Other sports aren’t in trouble as much as we are, let’s do something,” he added.
Novak Djokovic has convened on the tennis world to provide a relief fund for players struggling financially during COVID-19.
Federer reckons the ATP and WTA to merge in accordance to boost the health of the sport while Andy Murray has hailed of equal distribution of Grand Slam prize money and the ATP and the WTA along with the International Tennis Federation and the organisers can help struggling players by creating coronavirus relief fund.
Owing to this, Rubin says that in these “crazy times” tennis bodies should take a step to sustain the depth of the Tour, rather than just applying band-aids that will not provide longer benefits.
“We have some of the most incredible minds in the world in the sport of tennis, I think we can use everything together. The brands and all the actual money that comes out of it and create something that’s bigger and better than ever.” Rubin said.
“But at the same time, through the conversations I had so far, I’m worried about the state of tennis when we come back, I am talking to my friends right now and within the next two, three, four months they are going to be questioning how they are going to pay for rent or mortgage, To say we can’t even help players at 150 in the world when we’re having these issues. There must be something wrong with the sport or the system itself.” he added.