Former India No. 1 ranked player Yuki Bhambri is not in favour of the player relief fund proposed by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, instead saying that the prize money should be distributed more evenly among tennis players. While other top stars such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have also supported Djokovic’s plan where by each player ranked in the top 100 would donate some money to the Player Relief Fund for the players ranked outside the top 100, some others like World No.
3 Dominic Thiem and former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt have opposed the plan. Speaking to The Times of India, Bhambri says, “I think it’s difficult to push forward with what they have done. From what I have heard, there are a lot of players who have reservations about it." “People would be actually happier to give the money to people who are fighting in the frontline, the health workers, or the labourers, people who require help, rather than random tennis players around the world whom you are competing with”.
Bhambri says increasing the prize money for the lower ranked players may be the best possible solution. “I think the best way is to try to increase the prize money now. It is peanuts to what the most of the tour earns, or the revenue that the Grand Slams and the Masters generate." “You have to increase the back end of the tournaments, not add another million dollars to the winner.
It’s $3.5mn (for the Grand Slam winner), don’t think it matters anymore. It should go to the qualifiers, winners of the first to the fourth round in Slams. That is much better than the one time payout of five-ten thousand dollars."