World number 8 in the ATP Ranking, Matteo Berrettini spoke about his opinion on financially supporting lower-ranked players.

During the Coronavirus lockdown and Tour suspension many lower-ranked players have financial problems. Therefore players union came with an idea to support them by donation from higher-ranked players. Now, also the highest-ranked Italian expressed his opinion. Speaking to Eurosport, Berrettini said:

“I took a moment to reflect on my priorities, not because I don’t respect the other players because I believe that no player – in any kind of sports – should be put in the position of helping another player financially. I think that this responsibility belongs to the federations, ITF, ATP, WTA… they are the ones who make tournaments happen, and us, the players, pay them back with our performances.  They have to take care of us,” Berrettini said.

“The real problem is deeper. We need to invest money in a different way in order to help lower-ranked players. Personally, I prefer to help other more specific causes. I spoke with Djokovic and he told me ‘don’t worry Matteo, the donation is not mandatory. It’s something that you can agree on if you feel like it. If you prefer to buy masks for hospitals like Spallanzani or helping families in need, I respect you’. That’s an important message, it should be spread outside of our players’ circle,” said Matteo Berrettini.

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