India's current and former tennis players are not only suffering economic losses due to the corona virus epidemic but they are also worried about the time getting worse. The cancellation of the Pro Tour means that doubles specialist Purav Raja will lose $ 50,000 during the lockdown. Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Divij Sharan cannot predict how much they will lose as they continue to race for the Grand Slam main draw.
Mahesh Bhupathi, former Davis Cup captain and one of India's biggest tennis stars, said that there is a need to maintain livelihood at this time. He said, 'This has to be continued. To players, coaches, markers and ball buoys. The Lawn Tennis Association and the French Tennis Federation have announced the packages, but they have a lot of money. ”India's Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali, Fed Cup captain Vishal Uppal and another Indian coach Ashutosh Singh are doing the same.
They all have academies and have not withheld the salaries of their coaches. There are 382 trained coaches and around 10000 assistant coaches in India. There are many who are not registered with AITA but are associated with at least 2000 academies in the country. Ashutosh, who runs a private academy at DLTA, said, "Your values are tested only in times of crisis." We are serving tennis. The loss is happening but those who have been loyal to you cannot leave them like this. 'Zeeshan is paying salaries to all 12 members of his academy's staff in Bengaluru.
He said, "Our job is not to get salary from home. We have outside coaches who can also give us the option of going back. We are paying them salaries but cannot pay them indefinitely. ”Divij Sharan said,“ The long shutdown will definitely affect us. The career of the players is limited and our precious time will be lost by the break. AITA has said that it will plan to help the players. We are also hoping that the economic pressure will ease somewhat. '