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ATP Implements Minimum Wage for Players Starting in 2024: What You Need to Know


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ATP to Guarantee Minimum Wage for Players Starting in 2024

Starting in 2024, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) will implement a three-year trial period to ensure that players receive a minimum wage for the first time. This program aims to provide financial stability to the world’s top 250 singles players each season. If player earnings fall below the minimum, the ATP will cover the shortfall.

Minimum Income Levels

In 2024, the minimum income levels have been set as follows:

  • $300,000 for the top 100 ranked players
  • $150,000 for players ranked 101-175
  • $75,000 for players ranked 176-250 globally

The ATP expects to provide financial support to approximately 30 to 45 eligible players through this program.

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The president of the ATP stated, “This program will allow players to plan their season with more confidence, focus on their careers, and invest more in technical support staff. This includes covering the cost of coaches, physical therapists, and travel expenses.”

While the top players in professional tennis earn substantial amounts of money, including from sponsorship deals, lower-ranked players heavily rely on tournament prize money to make ends meet. The financial difficulties faced by many players during the COVID-19 pandemic, when play was temporarily suspended, led influential figures like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic to call for a solution.

Injury Protection Initiative

The ATP is also committed to supporting players who are unable to participate in at least nine professional and Candidates tournaments in a season due to injury. For 2024, the Injury Protection Initiative has been set as:

  • $200,000 for the top 100 ranked players
  • $100,000 for players ranked 101-175
  • $50,000 for players ranked 176-250

Source: “Wakalat”

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