Thomas Drouet, the coach of World No. 29 Qiang Wang, has said that he is not getting paid by Wang during the current tennis shutdown, in an interview to the French daily L'Equipe. Drouet says he tried to reach an arrangement with Wang while the season remains suspended.
"I have a contract that is expected to be 35 to 40 weeks. When we learned that the tournaments were canceled at least until July, we tried to reach an agreement so that I would receive 50% percent of my salary and I counted it as an entire week.
She refused because she doesn't make money. I have no help and in that sense it is a little precarious situation and we don't even know when the circuit will be resumed. We decided to train from June and three weeks later we are going to Mauritius.
Still, if the circuit is all canceled I don't know how I'm going to do it." Drouet says he would be open to alternate jobs to make money if he had to and was even willing sell pizzas during the tennis shutdown in case required.
28 year old Qiang has won two singles titles on the WTA Tour, one singles title on the WTA 125K series, and 13 singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF Circuit. Her best result at the majors came at the 2019 US Open where she reached the quarterfinals.
She peaked at No. 12 in the rankings, becoming the second-highest ranked Chinese tennis player in history after Li Na. Seeded 27th at the Australian Open this year, she defeated 23 time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in three sets before losing in the fourth round.