Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal offer relief fund for lower ranked tennis players

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Novak Djokovic said he spoke with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to work with ATP to create a fund to help lower-ranked tennis players financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a live IG session he held on Saturday with triple major champion Stan Wawrinka, Djokovic described what he called “a long conversation” with Federer and Nadal on “how we can contribute and how we can help the lower ranking guys who are obviously struggling the most. “

Djokovic spoke of trying to raise somewhere between $ 3 and $ 4.5 million to distribute, perhaps to players ranked between about 200th or 250th and about 700th.

In a letter to other players, Djokovic presented a sliding scale contribution plan for the top 100 players to support players ranked between 250 and 700.

The letter, obtained by Illustrated Sports, offers the following framework:

The top 100 singles and top 20 doubles contribute financially to the Player Relief Fund in the following financial table;

Rankings:
• 50-100> $ 5,000 each
• 20-50> $ 10,000 each
• 10-20> $ 15,000 each
• 5-10> $ 20,000 each
• 1-5> $ 30,000 each

• 20 best doubles> $ 5,000 each

# The total amount is $ 1,050,000 million

– That in addition to the similar amount allocated by ATP and, hopefully, the Grand Slam will soon give $ 500,000 each, should be in total between 4 and 4.5 million dollars.

• The goal is to give $ 10,000 to each player 250-700. It would be $ 4 million to $ 4.5 million.

Djokovic also said there would be a system designed to determine which players needed the most money.

The male and female professional circuits have been closed for more than a month due to the COVID-19 epidemic and are suspended at least until mid-July.



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