Today, Monday May 11, Tennis Canada announced that the Canadian National Bank would be offering financial aid to tennis players from the country.
The estimated $10,000-$20,000 per player is intended to aid professionals ranked between 100-750 in singles or 25-100 in doubles. Additionally, young players in the Top 100 of the ITF Juniors rankings and Top 50 of the ITF wheelchair rankings will be eligible for the aid.
Two players named in the effort so far have been the 177 ranked rising male star Brayden Schnur and the 118 ranked rising female star Leylah Fernandez. Other players mentioned were Sharon Fichman (48th | Women’s Doubles), Peter Polansky (192 | Men’s Singles), and Rebecca Marino (300 | Women’s Singles).
At the moment, the only tournament set to play in Canada this year is the Rogers Cup in Toronto. If this is the only one held, it will leave Canadian women without a tournament on their home soil.
This move from Canada’s National Bank should prove to be a well-backed decision and one that should be replicated in other countries.