Tennis players sign petition calling for financial help during coronavirus crisis, Sofia Shapatava

Over 650 people have signed a petition calling for struggling tennis players to be given financial assistance following the sport’s suspension until at least June 7th due to the coronavirus crisis.

While the shutdown will not be easy for anyone, for players below the ATP and WTA Tours who often live hand to mouth, the concerns are more serious than simply how to stay fit and pass the time.

Georgian player Sofia Shapatava was so worried about the situation she set up a petition on change.org calling for support from the International Tennis Federation, ATP and WTA.

Shapatava, ranked 371, told the PA news agency: “I had many conversations with my colleagues and friends about their plans for the upcoming months. Lower- ranked tennis players have no savings and it is a very hard topic.

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