USA's Reilly Opelka, 22, has blasted the ATP as he says the organization couldn't have handled the coronavirus pandemic any worse as the players have been left in the dark. The season has been suspended for two months and there won't be any ATP events taking place until at least early-August.
World No. 39 Opelka can't figure out why the ATP executives haven't taken a pay cut like the WTA executives as he doesn't believe it's a good thing that some executives will earn more money this year than Roger Federer's prize money.
"The ATP? I think they couldn’t have handled it much worse. We’re completely left in the dark, we don’t know what’s going on," Opelka told Racquet Magazine. "And the execs haven’t taken pay cuts.
You know, the WTA execs are taking pay cuts, the WTA have gotten first-round prize money at Indian Wells. "I rented a really expensive house for two weeks there. Way in the red there. I don’t think it’s a good look when the ATP execs are gonna be making more money than Roger Federer’s prize money this year.
"And again, I don’t know what the reasoning is. We’ve been left in the dark completely as players so we don’t even know what they’re really doing right now." Opelka, who achieved a career-high ranking of No.
31 toward the end of the last season, has earned $1,809,190 over the course of his short career. Last week, the rising American star won the UTR Pro Match Series exhibition event in West Palm Beach.