COVID-19: Tennis Aid Program Raises $ 6 Million
LONDON: the governing bodies of the world tennis have raised $ 6 million to create a Player Aid Program that will help athletes most affected by coronavirus crisis.
Professional tennis has been suspended until July 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic and many scheduled tournaments are either postponed or cancelled. Wimbledon Open was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to the COVID-19 .
The initiative has seen the ATP , WTA , the four Grand Slam tournaments: the Australian Open; Roland Garros; The championships, Wimbledon; and the US Open - and the ITF unite in a show of support to players who are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global impact of COVID-19 ," the governing bodies of world tennis said in a joint official statement.
"We will continue to collaborate and monitor the support required across tennis with the aim of ensuring the long-term health of the sport in the midst of this unprecedented challenge to our way of life, and our thoughts remain with all those affected at this time," it added.
The relief programme will target approximately 800 singles and doubles tennis players collectively who are in dire need of financial assistance.
Player ranking, as well as previous prize winnings, will be taken into account in determining eligibility for the aid program.