Aussie Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has laughed off a plan to give every pro tour player a guaranteed minimum wage, insisting a salary of $463,000 is ‘still not enough’.
The new system called ‘Baseline’ was announced this week whereby the top 250 players on tour will be guaranteed a salary based on their ranking.
Pros ranked 1-100 will pocket a minimum $463,000, players ranked 101-175 will earn $231,000, and those players ranked 176-250 will earn at least $115,000 under the new plan.
‘This assurance will empower players to plan their seasons with greater certainty, focus on their game and invest in their teams,’ the ATP said.
‘This includes covering the expenses of coaches and personal physios, as well as travel.’
Nick Kyrgios has blasted a plan to give professional tennis players a minimum wage
Kyrgios says the $463,000 he would pocket ‘still isn’t enough’
Novak Djokovic’s rival player union, the Professional Tennis Players Association, has claimed the credit for the idea, insisting they applied pressure for the new changes.
However, not everyone is a fan of the plan – and Kyrgios took to Twitter on Wednesday to criticise the idea.
‘Lol (laugh out loud) still not enough,’ Kyrgios said.
British coach Calvin Betton believes that the players who deserve the most support are ranked lower than 250.
‘It’s aimed at the wrong people: it’s those ranked outside the top 250 who really need help.’
‘You really need money if you’re ranked between 250 and 600. I also think it’s quite funny that the ATP announcement featured a quote from Grigor Dimitrov [the former world No.3].
‘That’s like asking Tom Cruise to give a quote about the difficulties of being a struggling actor.’
Tennis influencer Rachel Stuhlmann has given Djokovic and the PTPA praise for their work in pushing for the ATP’s Baseline initiative.
Novak Djokovic’s player union, the PTPA, lobbied for the new initiative
Tennis influencer Rachel Stuhlmann praised Djokovic and PTPA for championing the changes
Stuhlmann made a point of comparing the plan to the one the PGA Tour launched last year, which gives lower-ranked players a minimum wage.
‘Professional golf has forced professional tennis to consider and make some serious and impactful changes,’ Stuhlmann said.
‘It’s going to be an interesting few years coming up in pro tennis.
‘Really happy to see this. Just wish it was $500K tour minimum but this is a start,’ she added.
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