Tennis Unites: All of the governing bodies of tennis has come together to raise $6 million to create a Player Relief Programme.
The programme has been set up to support players affected by coronavirus.
Its an initiative that has been sponsored by the ATP and the WTA.
Wimbledon, alongside the three other grand slams, the US, French and the Australian Open have all supported the scheme.
The International Tennis Federation has also been involved.
All professional tennis has been cancelled up to 13 July.
ATP and WTA to Distribute Relief
Both the ATP and the WTA have accepted the responsibility of administering the financial support.
The contributions between the four grand slams and the ITF, will be split equally between men and women.
Hundreds of Players Targeted
Overall the relief fund will target 800 singles and doubles players.
Eligibility for the Player Relief Programme will incorporate a player’s ranking, as well as previous prize money.
According to criteria agreed by all stakeholders.
Additional Contributions Could Follow
More support could follow what has been pledged by tennis’ major organisations.
An increase of funds is set to be raised through various sources.
These include auctions, player donations, and virtual tennis games.
ATP Aim For Tennis’ Long Term Future
The ATP has praised the programme, as it has demonstrated the sport’s ability to come together.
And believes that this is the way to protect the long term interests of the sport.
The men’s tennis governing body, also said that it will monitor the levels of support required throughout the game.