ITF to announce support for lower-ranked players amid COVID-19 pandemic

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-19 19:48:28|Editor: huaxia

PARIS, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday that they are finalizing a range of additional measures to support stakeholders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including a relief fund to help tour players ranked 501-700 not covered under other relief programs.

ITF President David Haggerty claimed that they are doing everything within their power to ensure that the talented players climbing the ITF pathway receive the support they need and continue their development during these uncertain times.

"Many professionals and organizations in the tennis world have been significantly impacted by this hiatus in our sport due to COVID-19. It's not a simple blanket approach and this takes time. The ITF is reviewing all feasible and appropriate options to provide support where it is most needed amongst our different stakeholders," added Haggerty.

According to the ITF, further details of all stakeholder support schemes will be announced following the federation board meeting scheduled for June 2.

The tennis market has been hit hard after the worsening of the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide, with Wimbledon having already been canceled and the French Open postponed to September 20. The ITF, ATP and WTA said last Friday that the suspensions of professional tennis would be extended until July 30. Enditem