Dustin Brown: Best and most talented don't always make it through in tennis



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Dustin Brown: Best and most talented don't always make it through in tennis

German world No. 246 Dustin Brown insists the lower-ranked players will welcome every type of financial support during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Novak Djokovic, the President of ATP Player Council, recently proposed that top-100 players each donate $5,000-$10,000 on a sliding scale to the player relief fund.

The Serb proposed that top-5 players each donate $30,000 and that top-20 players also contribute to the player relief fund. Brown, 35, fought hard to survive on the Tour at the beginning of his career as he lived in a camper and strung rackets for spare cash while traveling the Challenger circuit.

"My opinion is it's a great opportunity that guys that have lower ranking obviously make less money that they can get help," Brown said after winning both of his matches in in the Tennis Point Exhibition Series in the Rhineland-Palatinate state in Germany, per Tennis Now.

"For me, just thought that if players do pay or if they don't pay I think everyone they need to decide that for themselves... Dominic Thiem, ranked at No. 3 in the world, opposed Djokovic's initiative as he said that most lower-ranked players aren't fighting enough.

"It's everyone's choice what they do with their money and who they give it to. I just think that there are a lot of people out there who have potential. And I don't think that always the best guys and the most talented guys are the ones that make it through," former world No. 64 Brown added.