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Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez talked about on Monday that the vastly lowered prize cash on current for tennis avid players is the “greatest we could have” after establishing a Paris Masters second-round tie in opposition to Rafael Nadal.
The ultimate phrase ATP Masters occasion of the season began at Bercy Enviornment on Monday behind closed doorways and simply days after France started a second coronavirus lockdown.
The winner of this yr’s event will pocket merely over 20 % of the cheque taken dwelling by 2019 champion Novak Djokovic.
“I’ve to be clear. I actually really feel that is… The right we could have appropriate now,” Lopez talked about after his 7-6 (13/11), 6-1 first-round win over former runner-up Filip Krajinovic.
“Now we have to give attention to the state of affairs that the world resides in and the way in which through which everyone seems to be dealing with these robust occasions all around the globe.
“For now I do not see any hope on prize cash. I actually really feel it would preserve the same for some time.”
Paris Masters event director Man Overlook has talked about that the occasion had been helped financially by the opposite Masters assortment occasions and the ATP.
Organisers have been anticipating to welcome 1,00zero followers day-after-day to Bercy Enviornment, however in its place wished to refund the tickets after French President Emmanuel Macron launched the mannequin new lockdown measures final week.
However Lopez says that avid players should rely themselves fortunate to have the flexibleness to play in the slightest degree, after the ATP and WTA Excursions have been suspended between March and August earlier this yr.
“This isn’t solely tennis. It’s a matter that has outcomes on each single particular explicit particular person on this planet. Persons are dying,” added the 39-year-old, who may be the event director of the Madrid Open.
“I actually really feel it is reliable to say that we’re very lucky and we’re very fortunate.
“Initially, we’re in a position to play, and naturally we now have a major low value contained in the prize cash. However I actually really feel it would preserve the same.
“It has to remain the same, due to the tournaments, they can not do elevated. That is what it’s appropriate now.”
Lopez will face Nadal on Wednesday in his fellow Spaniard’s first match since worthwhile a record-extending 13th French Open title final month.
The world quantity 64 has overwhelmed Nadal on 4 events, together with in every of their final two conferences.