It seems like Dominic Thiem is sceptical about the plans to provide financial support for tennis players in lower positions due to the corona crisis.
The players’ associations ATP (men) and WTA (women), the world federation ITF as well as the organisers of the four major Grand Slams had declared that they would set up an aid programme for players who are particularly affected by the consequences of the Corona pandemic.
The top players, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, are also planning to set up a relief fund. Their idea is to collect four million US dollars through a fund and to distribute the money to the players on the world rankings 250 to 700. To achieve this ambitious goal and to collect the four million USD, they expect the top five professional players to donate $30,000 and the players behind them a little less in descending order. They expect a contribution of $1 million of the top 100 players in the ATP.
But not all tennis players seem to agree with Roger’s, Nadal’s and Novak’s plan. One player speaking out is Dominic Thiem. The Austrian is not keen to provide financial support to tennis players in lower rankings. As he told an Austrian newspaper, players in lower rankings often do not dedicate their lives to the sport and don’t work hard enough for their success. Also, no profession guarantees you a high income. He achieved his ranking and the prize money that comes with it through arduous work, as he says in the interview.
This statement, however, does not mean that Dominic Thiem is not willing to support the ones in need. He instead donates to people or institutions that are really in need as per his own words.