ITF digs deep for new relief fund for lower-ranked players affected by tennis break

Shahida Jacobs
tennis racket general

Players ranked outside of the world top 500 are to receive financial help from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after the governing body announced new measures.

Tennis has been on an enforced hiatus since the start of March due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving players whose livelihoods depend on prize money without an income.

The ITF, ATP, WTA and the four Grand Slam bodies have already launched a $6 million (£4.8m) Player Relief Programme that will help about 800 lower-ranked singles and doubles players affected by Covid-19.

$6million fund created by tennis authorities to help ease struggling players though coronavirus crisis

And now the ITF will give further support to tour players ranked between 501 and 700 who are “not covered under other relief programmes”.

“We are doing everything within our power to ensure that the talented players climbing the ITF pathway receive the support they need and continue their development during these uncertain times,” ITF President David Haggerty said in a statement.

“Many professionals and organizations in the tennis world have been significantly impacted by this hiatus in our sport due to COVID-19.

“It’s not a simple blanket approach and this takes time. The ITF is reviewing all feasible and appropriate options to provide support where it is most needed amongst our different stakeholders.”

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