Lucas Pouille understands Dominic Thiem's position on player fund



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Lucas Pouille understands Dominic Thiem's position on player fund

French tennis star Lucas Pouille says he understands Dominic Thiem's position on the player relief fund but he himself won't refuse to make a donation. Over a month ago, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic proposed that top-100 player each donate from $5,000-30,000 on a sliding scale to support the player relief fund.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion also proposed that top-20 doubles player support his initiative as the lower-ranked players would welcome any type of help. As part of Djokovic's proposal, top-5 singled players each would donate $30,000 -- but Thiem wasn't willing to make the donation as he said most lower-ranked players aren't fighting enough to succeed.

"I'm close to his feeling. There are players who make incredible efforts to get there but it's clear that others are not making the necessary efforts. But since I don't want to generalize, if I'm asked to give, I will," Pouille told L'Equipe.

Pouille, ranked at No. 58 in the world, has earned $7,489,808 over the course of his career.

The 26-year-old Frenchman should be fine financially even if the season doesn't return this year. Pouille, a former world No. 10, has played only one event this year. An elbow injury forced the Frenchman to miss the first two months of the season as he kicked off his season in March at the Indian Wells Challenger.