The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has pledged to donate €1 million to support ATP and WTA players ranked between 101 and 500. The season has been suspended since mid-March and the suspension of the men's and women's professional tours will last until at least early-August.
The lower-ranked players are facing major financial struggles and difficulties as most of them can't go for a month -- some not even a week or two -- without competing and earning some type of income. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was the first to come to the help of the lower-ranked players as over a month ago he proposed that top-100 players each donate from $5,000-30,000 to support the player relief fund.
After Djokovic's initiative, the seven stakeholders of tennis -- the ATP, WTA, ITF and the four Grand Slams rallied to launch the Player Relief Program in excess of $6 million. "In addition, the FFT, as the organizer of Roland-Garros, contributed, like the other Grand Slams, up to €1 million to the international aid fund for players ranked 101-500 in the WTA and ATP rankings," the FFT said in a statement released on Monday.
The French Tennis Federation is doing everything it can to stage the French Open at its rescheduled date toward the end of September.
Also from FFT's press release:
"In addition, the FFT, as organizer of Roland-Garros, contributed, like the other Grand Slams, up to €1 million to the international aid fund for players ranked 101-500 in the WTA and ATP rankings."