The Novak Djokovic-driven initiative to give you a Participant Aid Fund to assist lower-ranked tennis gamers who’re watching months of zero earnings has come as a aid for a bunch of Indians.
Djokovic, who can be the ATP Participant Council president, wrote to fellow gamers lately to rearrange for a cash pot that would doubtlessly generate in extra of $four million by means of contributions from excessive incomes stars.
The fund is proposed to assist these singles gamers ranked within the 250-700 bracket. The ATP has put aside $1 million for this fund and is planning to assist these ranked from 150 to 400.
The general aim is to supply $10,000 to every participant. India presently has six males’s gamers ranked between 150 and 700. “It’s a great point for gamers like me,” mentioned Manish Sureshkumar, ranked 642. “$10,000 is a big quantity. I want it’s prolonged for gamers beneath 700 as effectively”
World No. 281 Sasi Kumar Mukund, whereas welcoming the transfer, felt that the factors ought to be extra versatile.
“It’s a good begin, however the rating standards appear arbitrary. It’s unfair to penalise somebody ranked 249 and assist the man ranked 251.
“Additionally there’s not a lot distinction within the stage of gamers who’re ranked from 700 to 900. Even when we are able to scale back $1000 or $2000, and preserve it at $7000-8000 and enhance the variety of beneficiaries, it is going to be higher. However it’s a good coverage and might all the time be improved upon,” mentioned Mukund.
The proposal might not profit Niki Poonacha, ranked 823 on the earth, however he hoped that the governments and nationwide tennis federations will take a cue. “It’s actually good that the ATP and prime gamers are attempting to assist. So could be the authorities and nation’s native tennis governing physique will help the remainder of us.”
Whereas the ladies’s tour is but to give you a complete plan, Ankita Raina, ranked 163, felt that the ATP’s transfer was an vital message in guaranteeing that gamers nonetheless believed they may make a residing out of enjoying tennis.
“It’s nice that they’ve give you this,” Ankita mentioned. “The WTA can be doing its bit. They’ve refunded three years’ registration charge and I obtained $1950.
“All of that is serving to us cope at a psychological stage too.”
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