More than 650 people signed a petition to ask players in difficulty to get financial help during the coronavirus crisis.
Professional tennis was suspended earlier this month and will not resume until June 7.
While stopping is not going to be easy for anyone, for players underneath the ATP and WTA tours who live daily, the concerns are more serious than just keeping fit and spending time.
Georgian player Sofia Shapatava was so concerned about the situation that she launched a petition on change.org asking for support from the International Tennis Federation, ATP and WTA.
Hi everyone, I know it is difficult times for everyone, but I would appreciate it very much if you took a minute and signed a petition that I created, it could also be fantastic if you could share it https://t.co/eD2gWA343G
– Sofia Shapatava (@SofiaShapatava) March 19, 2020
Shapatava, ranked 371, said: “I have had many conversations with my colleagues and friends about their plans for the coming months. Lower level tennis players have no savings and it is a very difficult topic.
“Usually everyone earns money from coaches or club games or tournaments with cash prizes, but in this situation, countries are stuck, so there is no way to get additional revenue. We have no security and nobody takes it. take care of us.
“I am really worried. I am sure I can put food on the table. But nobody has stopped the bills and we still have to pay for everything every month, and it is very difficult to do when you are completely without income for a couple of months.
“And although I have some money, I know many others who don’t know how to support themselves more than a week or two. Also many people will stop playing because, after spending all the last cents to survive, not many will be able to go back to travel. “
The ITF will likely discuss the matter urgently, while ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi said: “Our ability to deal with any support measures will be better guided once we know the length of the crisis and when the Tour will resume.”