Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou has referred to as on tennis governing our bodies to come back collectively and devise a means of serving to decrease stage professionals struggling financially as a result of coronavirus shutdown.
The tennis season was halted in early March as a result of pandemic, leaving gamers within the decrease tiers who solely depend upon event winnings with out the chance to earn a residing.
In a letter posted on Twitter and addressed to the tennis neighborhood, Mouratoglou stated the present scenario confirmed how “dysfunctional” the game was.
“Unlike basketball or football players, tennis players aren’t covered by fixed annual salaries. They’re independent contractors,” he stated.
“They’re paying for their travels. They’re paying fixed salaries to their coaching staffs, while their own salaries depend on the number of matches they win.”
While tennis rewards high gamers handsomely these within the decrease echelons usually battle to make ends meet.
Mouratoglou, who began working with Williams in 2012 and has guided her to 10 of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, stated the highest gamers deserved every little thing they earned.
“However, I find it revolting that the 100th-best player of one of the most popular sports in the world followed by an estimated one billion fans is barely able to make a living out of it,” the Frenchman stated.
The males’s ATP Tour and the WTA, which runs the ladies’s circuit, suspended all tournaments till mid-July after nations began locking down their borders to comprise the unfold of the flu-like virus.
A 2018 International Review Panel report commissioned to handle betting and integrity points stated that gamers within the lowest tiers have been prone to corruption due to the issue in making a residing.
Only 250-350 gamers, the report stated, earned sufficient to interrupt even.
Georgia’s Sofia Shapatava, the world’s 375th ranked girls’s singles participant, has began a petition searching for help from the International Tennis Federation for lower-level professionals.
Many others have joined her to voice their considerations in regards to the monetary hardships gamers face through the shutdown.
The WTA and the ATP stated they have been working to spice up gamers’ earnings when the game resumed and would possibly lengthen the 2020 season to permit extra tournaments to be held.
Mouratoglou stated it was essential to maintain lower-level gamers within the sport.
“We all rely on those governing bodies, who have the power to protect the professional tennis economy and hold social responsibility.
“We can’t depart lower-ranked gamers behind anymore. This isn’t proper. Tennis wants change. Let’s use this free time to begin a dialogue,” he stated.