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Feliciano López: ‘If we don’t play, the ATP is not going to survive’ | Kevin Mitchell

The Queen’s Club champion shares how players must accept cuts to prize money for tennis to withstand having no fans present

Tennis is fighting for survival, according to Feliciano López on the first anniversary of his triumph at Queen’s Club, and the veteran Spaniard says players, rich and struggling, will have to accept “significant” cuts in prize money to save their sport. López has also warned that the ATP may not survive the coronavirus crisis.

While the west London host of the ATP 500 tournament idles along with the rest of tennis (apart from glorified exhibitions), López paints a grim picture as the industry wrestles with the impact of Covid-19. Still keen to resume playing at 38, the arch survivor, who has played at a record 72 grand slams in a row, is also the Madrid Open’s director and offers a unique perspective on what might happen next.

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