Novak Djokovic: I've received many messages and letters from lower-ranked players



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Novak Djokovic: I've received many messages and letters from lower-ranked players

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says lower-ranked players have been thanking him a lot for his initiative to help them. Djokovic, 32, proposed that top-100 players each donate from 5,000-30,000 to player relief fund. The money gathered then would be distributed to the players most affected by the Tour suspension.

"I have received many messages and letters of gratitude from those [lower ranked] players. I am privileged to have the position I have. There have been many conversations with ATP about this problem," the Serb said during his Instagram Live with Fabio Fognini.

The ATP suspended the Tour initially for six weeks on March 12. The ATP then extended the suspension through to June 7, before the decision was made to further extend the suspension to July 13.

Ever since the Tour got suspended, players have been urging the key stakeholders of tennis to find a way to help lower-ranked players. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, took it on himself and came out with a clear plan how to help lower-ranked players during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.