Crean fondo común por u$s6 millones para asistencia a jugadores de tenis

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Las principales entidades que rigen el tenis mundial constituyeron un activo para ayudar a los jugadores más daminficados por la pandemia. Se repartirán en partes igual entre ATP y WTA.

Los organismos rectores del tenis mundial confirmaron este martes que destinarán más de seis millones de dólares a su nuevo fondo común para ayudar a unos 800 jugadores afectados por la suspensión de la temporada debido a la pandemia de coronavirus.

El lanzamiento de este Programa de Ayuda a Jugadores - una iniciativa conjunta entre la ATP (circuito masculino), WTA (circuito femenino), ITF (Federación Internacional) y los cuatro Grand Slams - fue anunciado a finales de abril.

Este martes, la ATP detalló en un comunicado que el programa ha recaudado "más de seis millones de dólares" y "se centrará en un total de aproximadamente 800 jugadores ATP y WTA de singles y dobles que necesitan apoyo financiero".

The governing bodies of world tennis have come together to raise in excess of US $6 million to create a Player Relief Program aimed at supporting players who are particularly affected by the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.The initiative has seen the ATP, WTA, the four Grand Slam tournaments - the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, The Championships, Wimbledon and the US Open - and the ITF, unite in a show of support to players who are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global impact of COVID-19. Professional tennis is currently suspended until July 13, 2020.In addition to contributions of their own, the ATP and WTA will administer the financial distributions of the Player Relief Program, which sees respective contributions from the four Grand Slam tournaments and ITF split equally between men and women.The Player Relief Program will target a total of approximately 800 ATP and WTA singles and doubles players collectively, in need of financial support. Eligibility for the Player Relief Program will take into account a player’s ranking, as well as previous prize money earnings, according to criteria agreed by all stakeholders.The move by the seven stakeholders provides the financial backbone of the Program, with opportunities for additional contributions to follow. Funds raised through initiatives such as auctions, player donations, virtual tennis games and more, will provide opportunity for further support of the Program moving forward and are welcomed.The creation of the Player Relief Program is a positive demonstration of the sport’s ability to come together during this time of crisis. We will continue to collaborate and monitor the support required across tennis with the aim of ensuring the long-term health of the sport in the midst of this unprecedented challenge to our way of life, and our thoughts remain with all those affected at this time.
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The governing bodies of world tennis have come together to raise in excess of US $6 million to create a Player Relief Program aimed at supporting players who are particularly affected by the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative has seen the ATP, WTA, the four Grand Slam tournaments - the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, The Championships, Wimbledon and the US Open - and the ITF, unite in a show of support to players who are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global impact of COVID-19. Professional tennis is currently suspended until July 13, 2020. In addition to contributions of their own, the ATP and WTA will administer the financial distributions of the Player Relief Program, which sees respective contributions from the four Grand Slam tournaments and ITF split equally between men and women. The Player Relief Program will target a total of approximately 800 ATP and WTA singles and doubles players collectively, in need of financial support. Eligibility for the Player Relief Program will take into account a player’s ranking, as well as previous prize money earnings, according to criteria agreed by all stakeholders. The move by the seven stakeholders provides the financial backbone of the Program, with opportunities for additional contributions to follow. Funds raised through initiatives such as auctions, player donations, virtual tennis games and more, will provide opportunity for further support of the Program moving forward and are welcomed. The creation of the Player Relief Program is a positive demonstration of the sport’s ability to come together during this time of crisis. We will continue to collaborate and monitor the support required across tennis with the aim of ensuring the long-term health of the sport in the midst of this unprecedented challenge to our way of life, and our thoughts remain with all those affected at this time.

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"La elegibilidad para el programa de ayuda para jugadores tendrá en cuenta la clasificación de un jugador, así como las ganancias de premios en efectivo anteriores", señaló el comunicado, que aclaró que los apoyos se dividirán "en partes iguales entre hombres y mujeres".

El fondo tratará de incrementar su asistencia a través de recaudaciones adicionales que lleguen de iniciativas como subastas, juegos de tenis virtuales y donaciones de deportista que por su posición en los rankings no necesitan acceder a estas ayudas.

La expansión global del coronavirus paralizó el calendario tenístico de 2020, forzando la suspensión de decenas de torneos de la ATP y WTA desde marzo. Roland Garros fue aplazado a finales de septiembre y principios de octubre, mientras que Wimbledon ha sido directamente cancelado.

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La suspensión de torneos se alargará, como mínimo, hasta el próximo 13 de julio, señaló la ATP, y conforme la evolución del coronavirus.

Esta situación ha generado problemas económicos entre jugadores, especialmente aquellos que están en rankings bajos y no tienen patrocinadores garantizados, así como entre entrenadores y otros empleados de este deporte.

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