"He still doesn't understand the point. We at the top get paid far too much and there is not enough to go around."— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 29, 2020
Nick Kyrgios has criticised Dominic Thiem for his opposition to the idea that top tennis players should help lower-ranked competitors financially.
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▪Nick Kyrgios (n°40) has criticised Dominic Thiem for his opposition
"He still doesn't understand the point. We at the top get paid far too much and there is not enough to go around. It's about helping where we can, professional or unprofessional, put yourself in their shoes."
▪Tara Moore(n°441), Allie Kiick (n°160) blast Dominic Thiem for lower-ranked players claim :
"Unfortunately, this is what some of the higher ranked players think. Sadly a lot of lower ranked players are 'people really in need now' some are unable to even buy food or get medical help. They have essentially lost their job too and if he would want a sport to come back to then he would understand the desperation. There’s possibly a future grand slam champion ranked outside 500 who is not coming back from this crisis. There’s players who’s family members are sick and their only income is tennis (coaching, club matches)"
"Clearly he has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. I’ve never seen more harder working people in my life than ones at lower money tournaments. You have players grinding week to week, living off their minimal paycheck hoping to just “make it”.
▪Dominic Thiem has reiterated his opposition against the motion to donate towards a fund, admitting that his previous comments might have come across harsher than he intended, Thiem isn’t backing down over his view on the topic :
"There are just a few things that bother me about the whole thing. I don’t back down from my opinion that there are some players I don’t want to support. Therefore I would much prefer it to be chosen by the players themselves, because then those players who really need it and who really deserve it will benefit. There will always be people, animals and organizations who need support much more urgently than probably every single athlete.”