The coronavirus pandemic has locked the tennis season for at least four and a half months, forcing the players to put their racquets on hold ahead of Indian Wells and keeping them aside at least until the second part of July.
As we all know, Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday for the first time since 1945, with health issues taking priority over sporting and all other events that include a larger group of people. While the players from the top think about missing an opportunity to chase notable trophies, the lower-ranked ones are finding the way to survive the upcoming months without tennis while waiting to see some financial model from the ATP and WTA that would help them to overcome the crisis and endure before the season resumes.
The 30-year-old Naomi Broady is currently ranked 499th in singles, struggling with an ankle injury and not playing since the beginning of November, which makes her situation even worse. Naomi said on BBC Radio Manchester that she also considerer signing for a job in the local supermarket, uncertain about how things are going to develop in tennis for the rest of the season, something that bothers probably all the players from outside the top-50.
"Tennis is an individual sport and we have to earn our money; if that's not possible, we don't get any, it' very simple," Brady told BBC Radio Manchester. "I was looking at doing supermarket work, especially at the start when they were saying they were struggling for staff.
No players will be earning money while the tours are off. I know a lot of the lower-ranked players who don't really make much money, don't have savings and they're campaigning to try and get some sort of financial help or relief.
The small bit of comfort is that everyone is in the same boat. The country is in lockdown now and unless players have got the court in their own back garden, which isn't many of them, no one is able to do anything at all."