Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal are ready to help in the fight against the coronavirus. The 3 great tennis players have pledged a lot of money to support those affected by the current pandemic.
Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer are developing a plan to create a fund to support players who are at the bottom of the ATP ranking and who are suffering economically from the current health crisis.
In collaboration with the Tennis Federation, the 3 major tennis players are negotiating to offer $ 10,000 to players ranked between 250th and 700th place in the world.
An initiative devised by Djokovic, president of the players’ council, who wrote a letter to the players explaining this plan.
“The first 250 players (most at least) have contested for the Australian Open this year, which would guarantee them a decent amount of money,” said the Serbian in his letter.
“Apart from 250th place, this is where the real financial struggle takes place. We think we all need to come together and help these players. Many of them are considering quitting professional tennis because they simply cannot survive financially, ” he continues, before adding:
“Unfortunately, there are a very large number of players in the group between 250th and 700th place who are not supported by the federations or who have no sponsors. ATP has about 700 members and we must try to take care of all of them. They are the basis of tennis and the basis of professional sport”.
The Serb has proposed that the top 100 players in the individual ranking and the top 20 players in the double ranking contribute between $ 5,000 and $ 30,000 each on a sliding scale, to the assistance fund for lower-ranking players.
With the expected contributions from the Grand Slams and ATP, total aid could exceed $ 4 million. “Grand Slam tournaments are likely to contribute $ 500,000 each,” added Djokovic.