The tennis federation ATP is going to help tennis players and tennis tournament financially. That‘s what makes it public in a press release.
Because of the coronavirus, there have been little to no fans in tennis games for almost a year now. As a result, tournaments miss a lot of revenue and the prize money for the players has also fallen considerably. That’s what the ATP wants to fight now.
“ Between the Australian Open (which ended 21 February) and Wimbledon (28 June to 11 July), the minimum level of prize money for ATP 250 and ATP 500 tournaments is raised from 50 percent (from pre-Covid-19 level) to 80 and 60 percent respectively,” writes the ATP.
It is striking that the money comes from the top twelve in the world. The players association ATP Player Council, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, agreed to a redistribution of the so-called ATP bonus pool, which contains money destined for the top twelve players.
“ Our focus is to ensure that the ATP continues to support as many players as possible and I would like to thank the top players and the Player Council for their support,” said ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi. “The revenues of our tournaments are still lower due to restrictions on ticket sales. A substantial improvement in this area seems unlikely in the middle of the year.”
Furthermore, the leaderboards remain frozen for longer, until the week of 9 August. In addition, results achieved on tournaments between 4 March and 5 August 2019 – tournaments that did not take place in 2020 due to the coronacrisis – remain valid for 50 percent. Thus, a player can charge either 50 percent of his result at the Madrid 2019 tournament or 100 percent of his Madrid 2021 result.
Finally, players who are unable to play tournaments for four consecutive weeks can rely on a ‘Covid-19 Protected Range’. This measure gives players more flexibility in drawing up their schedule, which can be used in four tournaments, with the exception of the Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic Games.
In addition, the tournaments also receive a contribution. Each ATP and Challenger tournament will receive 10,000 dollars (approximately 8,300 euros), which will allow it to pay, for example, the additional hotel costs incurred by players in connection with a forced quarantine period.