Former Australian world No. 53 Sam Groth has suggested that the distribution in prize money should be fixed so the lower-ranked players profit more at the bigger tournaments. Novak Djokovic, the President of ATP Player Council, proposed that players ranked inside the top-100 each donate from 5,000-30,000 on a sliding scale.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion also called on top-20 doubles players to join the initiative as the Serb thinks more than $4 million could be generated to support the players ranked from 250-700. Australian Davis Cup Team Captain Lleyton Hewitt opposed the proposal as he said that players like world No.
83 James Duckworth are "running at a loss" and expecting from them to donate thousands of dollars is too much. "It's hard isn't it because you've worked hard to be one of those top guys and they make a lot more," Groth said to Hewitt on Wide World of Sports' Down The Line.
"I also think the prize money isn't distributed evenly enough. You look at a guy like Novak Djokovic winning the Australian Open, you're talking $4-5 million for winning a final in a Grand Slam. "If you were to go and take $500,000 off the men's and women's purse from that winners' purse and distribute it, there's all of a sudden $8 million a year, or $4 million a year, depending on how much you take and where you take it from."
The season has been suspended until at least July 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak and there is a real possibility there won't be any tennis for the rest of 2020.