The International Tennis Federation is putting about half of its staff on furlough and cutting other employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move includes a 30 percent pay drop in 2020 for ITF President David Haggerty and reductions of 10 or 20 percent for others. Haggerty wrote in an email to the AP on Thursday that the ITF’s finance committee and board “looked at all areas where we felt we could make savings in the short term to be prepared for the return to tennis.”
Haggerty wrote to the AP: “In these unprecedented times, it is hard to predict when we will return to tennis.”
Professional tennis is on hold amid the ongoing public health crisis, with the ATP and WTA suspending their tours until at least July 13.
Last week, the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced the cancellation of this summer’s Wimbledon championships due to the health crisis. It is the first time since World War II that the tennis grand slam has been called off.
The French Open, meanwhile, has been provisionally postponed from May until September.
Andrea Gaudenzi, the new chairman of the ATP tennis tour, has said the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the need for a more collective model in tennis, suggesting that tennis media rights are too “fragmented” and bemoaning the tendency for tournaments to act unilaterally.