Australian veteran John Millman says the next few months will reveal what the priority is for tennis powerbrokers - making money or players' health.
The world No.43 fears players will be forced to return to the court despite coronavirus concerns because "money talks".
The men's ATP and women's WTA tours have been shut down since March and players have been told that action won't restart until at least the first week of August.
Millman believes tennis should not return any time soon due to the pandemic.
"Unfortunately when the tour says we are back playing your hand is forced a bit because it is your career at stake," he told AAP.
"It is a conundrum (for players).
"What is more important (to powerbrokers) - money or the health of not just yourself but the community?
"That's my view; we will see what is tennis' priority."
But Millman said he already knew the answer.
"Federations and a few tournaments stand to lose a fair bit of money if their tournaments don't go ahead (but) I feel as if it is probably way too early to get back into it or even thinking about returning in August," he said.
"Indian Wells, the last tournament we were meant to play (in March), was cancelled because there was one case in (southern California) region.
"It is a bit of a contradiction if they say come August 'there are cases around but you guys can travel and play some tennis'.
"But money talks at times and our hand could be forced, unfortunately."
Still, Millman admitted he would need some convincing to return to the tour.
"There is a lot that goes into hosting these tournaments, people come from everywhere, logistically it would be a nightmare," he said.
"And before I am comfortable playing a lot of boxes have to be ticked.
"Players would have to be coming from places where the virus isn't there any more and going to tournaments where the virus isn't there any more.
"For that to happen on a global stage, I think we are a fair way off that."