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French tennis sets up support plan for players

French Open Tennis. Roland-Garros 2019.

PARIS, FRANCE June 09. Dominic Thiem of Austria in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the Men’s Singles Final at the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 9th 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

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The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth $38 million to help professional players facing financial problems due to of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.

The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.

The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.