Retrieved 29 April 2020, 16:28 IST
Dominic Theme, the world’s number three opponent of the Relief Fund for Tennis Profs Affected by the Cornavirus Epidemic, stands in opposition to it.
Novak Djokovic, the world’s top one and president of the ATP Players’ Council, has made plans to support players outside the top 25 on the men’s tour as they have not been able to advance to the tournament.
The proposal, backed by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, will see top players be encouraged to pay more than the fund will provide millions of dollars in relief to those who are far below and whose income has disappeared with the suspension of the ATP and WTA Tours.
The three-time Grand Slam singles final theme, Cronen Zeitung expressed concern about donating money to some players who “don’t give the game everything” and said that “people or organizations who really need it” would like to support it.
The 26-year-old acknowledged his comments were harsh, but insisted he would know exactly where his money was going, rather than contributing to the general fund.
– Dominic Theme (TheDomDome) April 13, 2020
“There are a few things that bother me about the whole thing,” he told Sky Sport Austria.
“I don’t want to deviate from my opinion that I have some players that I don’t want to support. I like the players to choose it themselves because then the players who really need it and those who really deserve it will benefit.
“What I said came as a bit strong. I didn’t say it so loudly.
“There must always be people, animals, organizations who are probably in more urgent need than every single person.”
The ATP held the tour until at least mid-July, Wimbledon was canceled and the French Open returned in September.
However, as lockdown arrangements have recently been relaxed in Germany, localized tournaments have been operated as a way to get players back to work under strict protocols.
In favor of this small-scale competition against theme fellow Austrian or German players, he realized how long it would take to regain top physical form when he practiced back on the court this week.
“I couldn’t believe what muscles I had the next day,” he said. “I can’t believe you’ve practically made a movement all your life that can cause a lot of pain the next day or the next.
“In competitive tennis it would be a small but great move. Aust Austria and Germany have really good players with whom you can have a great match.”