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Nick Kyrgios has slammed Dominic Thiem for saying lower ranked tennis players don’t deserve financial help because of their “unprofessional” attitudes.
Earlier in April, the ATP, WTA, ITF outlined plans to set up a fund to help lower-ranked players, who have been financially damaged by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Sky Sports.
The fund has received the backing of a number of the world’s top players, including Kyrgios, however, Thiem rejected the notion.
“I don’t see why I should give them money,” said Thiem, reports Sky Sports. “I’d rather donate to people and institutions who really need it.
“There is no profession in the world where you are guaranteed success and high income at the start of your career. None of the top players took anything for granted. We all had to fight our way up the rankings.”
Kyrgios says the world No.3 should be more empathetic with players in a less fortunate position than himself.
“He still doesn’t understand the point,” Kyrgios said on Instagram, as per Sky Sports. “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.”