Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has called for a greater investment in the Futures level.
Thiem has acknowledged that top players get paid well at the Grand Slam level but he would like to see an improvement when it comes to prize money distribution in the lowest Tour level.
“It is true that there is always more prize money at Grand Slams and major tournaments. That has increased continuously,” Thiem was quoted as saying by Kronen Zeitung. “If you look at the Futures, the prize money is like it was before we were even born.”
“The four Grand Slams make so much money. The four associations of these countries are by far the richest,” he said. “They should add a small percentage to the Futures. This could at least allow the players to make some money. Now it’s still the case that you make a minus (loss) even if you win the tournament. That was not supposed to be like that.”
Thiem praises Italian Tennis Federation
Italy has some of the most promising players on the Tour as Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Musetti and Lorenzo Sonego are all capable of playing good tennis.
“You’ve got most of the players in the top 100 and so many young players. The association puts a lot of money into the national tournaments,” Thiem said. “Then the players can compete with international top players within a radius of 100 or 200 kilometers, but they don’t have to travel far and can maybe even sleep at home. That is extremely reflected in the budget. Italy brings out one top player after the other. That certainly has a lot to do with it.”
Meanwhile, 2020 US Open champion Thiem shared a positive update this week as he is expected to return to action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships next month.
If everything goes well, Thiem should play at the Australian Open.