The ATP on Wednesday extended the COVID-crisis ranking system, with the traditional 52-week rolling calculation only set to resume on August 12.
The sanctioning body which is facing continually changing virus restrictions around the circuit with each passing week, also announced an increase in prize money for 250 and 500 level events.
The additional cash will be funded out of the annual player Bonus Pool, a pot of millions usually divided among the game’s 12 best based on results over the season.
But instead of further padding the accounts of the household names, the money will go into the new ATP Bonus Fund; the move has already gained approval from the Player Council, which boasts Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as members,
“Our tournaments’ revenues continue to be severely impacted by restrictions on ticket sales, and a substantial improvement on this front looks unlikely before mid-year,” ATP boss Andrea Gaudenzi said.
“Our focus is to ensure the Tour continues supporting as many players as possible. This measure… will help improve conditions for the larger player group over the coming months.”
The Tour will also allow – when possible – more than the current two support team members onsite at events, subject to COVID-19 protocols.
The sanctioning body will also allocate up to USD 10,000 for each Tour and Challenger tournament to cover additional hotel costs for players caused by quarantines in a hope to avoid unpleasant financial surprises for organisers.
Main photo:- ATP boss Andrea Gaudenzi