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This is why it pisses me off when the top players opt out of the few tournaments available. Some of these girls will indeed be forced into retirement because there were barely opportunities before, let alone now. Women's tennis will face a really, really difficult time in the next few years and every tournament counts. This is really terrible news.
 

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There's only two 60Ks and six 25Ks through the end of February.

The WTA and the Slams may be helping the finances of the top 100 players but hundreds of players will disappear if something isn't done quickly.

Only one tournament in the entire Americas through the end of February and just a few in Asia (UAE, Turkey, Kazakhstan, etc.). This is catastrophic yet nothing is done.
 

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A mere 10% of the main draw prize money from AO would carry what, 400 ITF players for 3-5 months? Why isn't this being discussed right now?
They are Independent contractors......times like this are when it sucks, because there’s no safety or backup, but that’s the nature of the business.
 

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There's only two 60Ks and six 25Ks through the end of February.

The WTA and the Slams may be helping the finances of the top 100 players but hundreds of players will disappear if something isn't done quickly.

Only one tournament in the entire Americas through the end of February and just a few in Asia (UAE, Turkey, Kazakhstan, etc.). This is catastrophic yet nothing is done.
The slams have helped the finances of approximately the top 250.

They also discussed that idea of funding lower-ranked players after Shapatava proposed it.

Ultimately though tennis players are independent contractors assuming high risks, and already in good times it usually does take significant external funding to make a career out of it it. For many of these wannabe players it's probably a blessing in disguise that they have to find a sustainable job instead of chasing around the world to tournaments that already only ever paid peanuts when the vast majority have no chance of ever making it to the main tour anyway. It's sad for many of them, but so is this past year for most of the world.
 

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...Some of these girls will indeed be forced into retirement because there were barely opportunities before, let alone now. Women's tennis will face a really, really difficult time in the next few years and every tournament counts. This is really terrible news.
I can't be bothered reposting the dozens of comments I must have made here in the first few months of the tournament shutdown, but this situation is a carbon copy. Ines Ibbou was the flag-bearer for the African players affected after her open letter/video to Dominic Thiem following his insensitive comments about lower-level players. She has won doubles titles in Monastir for the last two weeks and finally looked likely to start heading up the rankings - and now this.
 
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