the “big three” plan to help least-ranked players

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Novak Djokovic said on Saturday that he, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are organizing help for the players struggle with paralysis of the game due to the pandemic coronavirus.

“I talked to Roger and Rafa in the last few days,” Djokovic, the world No. 1, said in a conversation with a friend and rival Instagram Stan Wawrinka on Saturday.
[ 123] “We had a long conversation about the near future of tennis, what is going to happen, how we can contribute and how we can help the players in particular lower rank, who are struggling most obviously.” [ 123]
, “most players who are ranked 200, 250 in the world and 700th or 1000th do not support federation, not the sponsors. They are complètement independent and left alone, “he said.

“The guys who sontclassé between 200-250, in particular 700 … considering leaving tennis right now.”

He said players, ATP and four Grand Slam “would be all together and contribute to a relief fund of the players that ATP distribute.”

“It seems, I hope there will be something between $ 3 million and $ 4.5 million will be distributed, “he said.

Djokovic said the money could come from the prize money for the end of season World final round or bonus pools finals for the best players.

“maybe if we have no tournaments this season, we can take a certain percentage of our foPrice rmulaire silver Australian Open in January, “he said.

“These guys are the basic tennis. The future of tennis. We must show them that they ca encoren count on the support of high-level guys. “

According to reports in the tennis media, Djokovic, as Chairman of the Board of ATP players, which also includes Federer and Nadal, proposed members that the players in the top 100 singles and 20 doubles contribute according to their ranking.

the proposed scale ranges from $ 30,000 for one of five players to $ 5,000 for those between 51 and 100.

This would raise about $ 1 million and ATP would make a similar contribution .

Friday, ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi echoes theCall for unity on the tour site.

“Our guys are at home, obviously not to play, unable to earn money and financial difficulties, we will try to help,” he said, adding that the ATP faced the problem of not knowing how long the crisis will last and how much revenue it would lose.

“I am touched by all top players who have reached out, big names expressing their desire to help players ranked lower and put the players first. “

” We are also talking with the grand Slam tournaments on it. They may want to join the effort. I think it would be a great message for the sport. “

world tennis is at a standstill since the beginning of March and containsra not before mid-July at the earliest due to the postponement of the French Open and Wimbledon cancellation.

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