Nice – Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of US star Serena Williams, has called on the tennis organizations to discuss financial aid for far-back professionals.
The coronavirus crisis with a tournament break of several months takes away the chance of income for the professionals. The top professionals would deserve their high income, the Frenchman wrote on social networks: “However, I find it outrageous that the number 100 one of the most popular sports in the world – followed by an estimated one billion fans – can hardly make a living from it.”
The big differences in prize money have long been an issue of the tennis tour. Most recently, professionals had also expressed their concerns about the financial situation of the players ranked low in the world rankings and competing in subclass tournaments, including Davis Cup player Jan-Lennard Struff. Only some of the tennis professionals are in good financial shape.
The tennis tour has been paused since the beginning of March until at least mid-July. “Unlike basketball players or soccer players, tennis players are not covered by a fixed salary. They are self-employed entrepreneurs, “Mouratoglou wrote to clarify and said about the low-earning professionals:” I think it’s time to think about these players and help them “.