It may seem unreal, but more and more it is mentioned that tennis players cannot make a living from this sport and that they have to do some other work. Someone would laugh at this conclusion, but we have to say that this story refers to players who are not in the top 500.
That's how Novak Djokovic, considered by many to be the best tennis player of all time, gave his explanation on this topic. Novak Djokovic, the best tennis player in the world and owner of 24 Grand Slam titles, spoke again about the Association of Professional Tennis Players (PTPA), of which he is the leader, and the fight he is leading for a better status of tennis players.
The Serbian ace pointed out that only those who are in the top 500 can make a living from this sport.
"I was in that position of a player fighting for his place and I know what kind of struggle it is. I know how difficult it is to cover travel expenses if you don't have the support of your federation. And there are no more than 90 percent of the players, who do not have the budget to pay for physiotherapists or trainers.
Even of those who are among the 500, more than half cannot afford a coach, let alone a physiotherapist. There is a lot of talk about how much the winners of the Grand Slam tournament earn, but we don't talk about how many people actually live from this sport," Djokovic pointed out.
Novak Djokovic wants all tennis players to live from their work, not just the best ones. He thinks it's not fair.
Novak says he wants to fight for better conditions for all tennis players.Everyone needs to make a living from this sport, because tennis requires a lot of sacrifice and you don't have much free time.
“I have power and influence and I want to talk about it. No less than 500 tennis players can make a living from a sport that is super global and one of the most watched on the planet. It's bad, it's a failure for our sport," said Djokovic.
The Serbian ace believes that tennis must be organized similarly to the NBA basketball league. "When you are in the NBA, you have a guaranteed income even if you don't play. Everything is taken care of for you. You have a trainer, clothes, you don't have to think about those most basic things.
This is not the case in tennis, but I believe it can be done" This story caused a lot of attention, but some also laughed at this topic. Time remains to be seen, but whoever understood the essence of the problem must admit that there is a lot of truth.
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