A prominent tennis journalist has called out Novak Djokovic for the relatively low amount he is contributing towards the Player Relief Fund comparative to his extraordinary career earnings.
Djokovic, ATP Players Council President, lead the initiative for higher-ranked players to give some of their career earnings into a pool, which can be distributed to lower-ranked players who are struggling for cash during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The initiative received some backlash, especially from World No.3 Dominic Thiem, but overall was supported.
However, top tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg has called out Djokovic for what he claims is a small donation compared to his extraordinary $100,000,000 career earnings.
“Djokovic’s plan was: ‘I will donate $30,000’. But he has made more than 100 million in his career,” Rothenberg told Tennis Majors.
“It is about half what he would have made for losing first-round Australian Open.
“Instead, he won the Australian Open and won like $3 million for that. He only wants to give $30,000. That’s pretty meagre for the top players. This donation system should be more top-heavy.”
Djokovic donates millions to charity
The ATP website puts Djokovic’s career earnings, not including sponsors, at $143,000,000.
Despite Rothenberg’s dig at Djokovic, the World No.1 has been donating massive sums to help battle the virus crisis in his home country and Europe.
Djokovic, self-isolating in Spain, donated to Rafael Nadal’s initiative to help the Spanish Red Cross.
He also recently donated a whopping $5 million to the public health system in Serbia, his home nation, to help fund equipment to battle the pandemic.