FFT makes big donation to support ATP & WTA players ranked from 101-500



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FFT makes big donation to support ATP & WTA players ranked from 101-500

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.