The ATP has announced Baseline, a transformative financial security program for ATP players set to launch in 2024 as part of a three-year trial.
Comprised of three key pillars, the Baseline represents a significant step towards ensuring a greater number of players can make a sustainable living from the sport.
The first pillar of the program is Guaranteed Base Earnings, which guarantees minimum income levels for the Top 250-ranked singles players each season.
In case a player’s prize money earnings finish below the guaranteed threshold, the ATP will step in to cover the shortfall.
For the 2024 season, these levels are $300,000 (Top 100), $150,000 (101-175) and $75,000 (176-250).
This assurance will empower players to plan their seasons with greater certainty, focus on their game, and invest in their teams.
This includes covering the expenses of coaches and personal physios, as well as travel.
The second pillar focuses on Injury Protection, providing support to players who play fewer than nine ATP Tour and Challenger Tour events in a season due to injury.
This progressive initiative includes thresholds set at $200,000 (Top 100), $100,000 (101-175) and $50,000 (176-250) in 2024.
This is designed to provide financial security during difficult periods, allowing players to focus on recovery and make a successful return to the game.
The third pillar, Newcomer Investment, provides an additional boost to up-and-coming players as they push on in their professional tennis journey.
These rising stars will have access to $200,000 of funding upon breaking into the Top 125 for the first time, paid in advance of the following season and offset against prize money earnings.
This will facilitate players’ investment into their teams and resources as they break onto the ATP Tour.