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Unprecedented crisis in tennis: Players and coaches struggle to make ends meet

It seems like only Wimbledon hasn’t been caught off guard with this coronavirus shutdown. The majority of the tennis world is going through an existential crisis. Lower-level players, as well as their coaches, are in a dire situation, while tournaments, especially smaller ones, are also finding it hard to stay afloat.

As I noted in my article about Naomi Broady, who considered supermarket work to make a living in this critical period, tennis players are independent contractors and now that they are not playing tournaments they have zero income. The situation is not hard for top-ranked millionaires, but all those in the lower echelons are struggling to make ends meet as go paycheck to paycheck.