The ATP and WTA suspended all professional tennis tournaments for six weeks, citing health and safety concerns over coronavirus. Subsequently, former World No.25 Jeremy Chardy is concerned about the financial impact this will have on tennis players during the six-week suspension. This will create financial difficulties for many players.
After hearing about the cancellation of Indian Wells Masters 2020, Chardy told L’Equipe:
“I thought it was a joke. But the tour manager came to confirm it. Nobody expected it. It was weird. The whole economy suffers and we too will suffer. We talk about Masters 1000 and a Grand Slam without knowing what can happen. I no longer know if I am unemployed, on paternity leave or tennis player.”
This year, Chardy has only played in 3 tournaments — all of which were in January — as he became a first-time dad in February. And now, with the 6-week suspension, he won’t be able to play (or earn money) again until the end of May. That means he gets no earnings from Indian Wells, the Miami Open, the Clay Court Championships in Houston, the ATP 250 tournaments in Marrakech and Budapest, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open. That’s a LOT of missed “playchecks”!
“You lose money if you don’t play. Many players want to talk about it. It is not our fault what happens. If a lot of tournaments are canceled, it can be difficult when you are not an employee.”
Chardy also explained the ATP points situation, which, no doubt is the same for the WTA. He says that the organizations should freeze the rankings to not make it unfair for the players, and I’m inclined to agree. However, neither the ATP nor WTA tours have announced any auxiliary earnings and ranking adjustments for the players during the suspension period.