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Tennis Tennis stars agree to share the wealth under new Covid-19 package

Winnings at lower levels will rise by as much as 30 per cent under new measures

THE ATP has announced that prize money will be increased at lower-ranked tournaments as part of a Covid-19 financial support package.

Winnings at ATP 250 and ATP 500 events will rise from 50 per cent of pre-Covid totals to 80 and 60 per cent respectively up until Wimbledon, thanks to top players agreeing to share the wealth.

The extra $5.2 million (£3.72m) will come from money that ordinarily goes to the top 12 players at the end of the season, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer among those giving their support via the ATP player council.

The governing body’s support package also includes the introduction of a Covid-19 protected ranking — to be used if a player is not active on the tour for more than four weeks — and an increase in the number of support staff that players can have at tournaments, which has been restricted to two.

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi thanked top-ranked players and the player council for supporting the measure, which he said “will help improve conditions for the larger player group over the coming months.”

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