ATP has released a statement via its official website explaining the new changes that will aim to help players and tournaments in these critical times they are going through due to the coronavirus. Increase of the prize pool in ATP 250 and ATP 500 tournaments and creation of a bonus fund: the ATP has formalized that between the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the prize pool of the ATP 250 and ATP 500 tournaments will be increased by a percentage ranging from 60% to 80%.
This increase will become a reality thanks to the creation of an ATP Bonus Fund, normally distributed among the twelve best players of last season. The creation of this fund was approved by the Players Council, led by distinguished tennis players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray, among others.
New ranking system: Diego Schwartzman already confirmed a few days ago that the ATP was studying a new scoring model that has become a reality today.
The ATP has extended the "Best of" system until the week of August 9, 2021.
The results of all tournaments played from March 4 to August 5, 2019 and which were not played in 2020, will be held for another 52 weeks and will have 50%.
ATP announced the new health measures
A tennis player will be able to count 50% of his results in the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 2019 edition or 100% of his result in this year's tournament.
The player will keep his best result. This model will work until this year's Cincinnati Masters And then again a protected ranking due to COVID-19: tennis players who have been out of competition for four consecutive weeks will be able to benefit from this new ranking.
This measure was created to give players a little more flexibility when creating their calendar. Tennis players will have the opportunity to have more people on their staff in tournaments: the ATP explained that it is working hand in hand with the tournaments in order to increase the number of people who can accompany the tennis players, offering players these additional seats in Request order.
Until now, there was only the possibility of bringing two members of his staff to tournaments due to the protocols existing in the circuit. Financial aid during COVID-19 isolation: ATP will allocate $ 10,000 to each ATP and Challenger tournament to cover hotel costs during quarantine or preventive isolation for those who tested positive or had close contact with an infected person.