Rising Italian star Matteo Berrettini has praised world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for his initiative to financially support the lower-ranked players as he says that shows the high-ranked players care for the lower-ranked professionals.
Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, recently proposed that top-100 players each donate from $5,000-30,000 on a sliding scale to the player relief fund. The 32-year-old Serb also proposed that top-20 doubles player contribute to the cause as the money gathered would be distributed to those players most affected by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
The tennis season has been suspended for two months and the suspension has been extremely tough for the lower-ranked players, who can't go on for a longer period without earning money. "There are many players who need help," Berrettini told ANSA, as revealed on La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.
"The project is a very positive thing for tennis and shows that the players also care about their colleagues from behind." After it became obvious that the season suspension would last for a longer period of time, players started calling for the help from the major governing bodies of tennis.
Several high-ranked players stated they would be just fine during the Tour suspension but admitted they fear for the lower-ranked players. ATP Player Council President Djokovic showed his leadership when he stepped out and proposed a plan to help the lower-ranked players.
Earlier this week, the seven stakeholders of tennis joined forced to create a $6 million player relief fund for the lower-ranked players.