Novak Djokovic is taking an active role in an attempt to help other players who have been financially affected by the suspension of the season. Due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, ATP and WTA have decided to suspend the season, canceling both the swing on clay and the grass in full.
Many of the second-tier tennis players depend heavily on the tournaments, so they decided to launch a petition to get support from the ITF. Djokovic is the president of the board of players, while Bruno Soares represents the doubles players included in the Top 100 together with Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer.
Speaking in an interview with La Nacion, Soares opened up on the problems facing players. “There is a vast majority of players who need money on a monthly basis," he said. "There are some who can go six months without playing, but most do not.
It’s complicated. We are looking at what we can do. It is a subject never seen before. There is a great concern for people who are 150, 200, 300 or 500 in the ranking, who have no way to earn money now. Among those of the Council, we have a WhatsApp group.
Djokovic, as president, is quite active, they are all very committed. I feel responsible because I represent the doubles and there are many people who are in a difficult condition, without making money and are suffering a lot.
For players who do not know how to travel next month to play a tournament, it’s a temptation for a guy to come and offer them $10,000 or $15,000. So as an organisation, we have to educate the players and show them the consequences. It’s difficult to control because most of these situations are in small tournaments" - Soares added.