Former world No. 3 David Ferrer has praised Novak Djokovic for stepping out and proposing a plan to help lower-ranked professionals during the Tour suspension. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1, reportedly proposed that top-100 players each donate from 5000 to 30,000 to player relief fund -- the money would be distributed to those most affected by the Tour suspension.
This @DjokerNole letter to fellow players with the buy-in from Rafa and Roger is truly remarkable. We will be telling our grandkids about the big 3- and some of the stories may even involve tennis... pic.twitter.com/y7DsdUDsAU — Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) April 17, 2020
Djokovic, president of player council, reportedly proposing top 100 players contribute $5000 to 30,000 each on a sliding scale to player relief fund for those lower ranked.
After the Tour was suspended, several high-ranked players publicly stayed they would be fine but expressed their fear that lower-ranked professionals could face major financial struggles.
Novak Djokovic confirming that players, ATP, WTA, Grand Slams will contribute to a fund to help the lower ranked players.
"This is good news because tennis is not made up only of professionals. It is interesting to help everyone so that our sport continues to function normally. It's a chain," Ferrer told Marca, as revealed on We Love Tennis France.
"That people like Djokovic and Nadal -- who do so much for society -- take these kinds of initiatives -- says a lot about who they are as a person."